gather

verb
gath·​er | \ ˈga-t͟hər also ˈge- How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering\ ˈgat͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) , ˈga-​t͟hə-​ \

Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring together : collect tried to gather a crowd gathered firewood
2a : pick, harvest gather flowers
b : to pick up or amass as if by harvesting gathering ideas for the project
c : to scoop up or take up from a resting place gathered the child up in his arms
3 : to serve as an attraction for : accumulate books gathering dust
4 : to effect the collection of gather contributions
5a : to summon up gathered his courage
b : to gain by gradual increase gather speed
c : to prepare (oneself) by mustering strength
d : to gain or regain control of gathered his wits
6 : to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences I gather that you want to leave
7a : to pull (fabric) along a line of stitching so as to draw into puckers
b : to draw about or close to something gathering her cloak about her
c : to bring together the parts of gathered her hair into a ponytail
d : to assemble (the signatures of a book) in sequence for binding
e : to haul in the sailors gathered the sails

intransitive verb

1a : to come together in a body
b : to cluster around a focus of attraction
2a : to swell and fill with pus
b : grow, increase the gathering crisis

gather

noun

Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something brought together: such as
a : a puckering in cloth made by gathering (see gather entry 1 sense 7a)
b : a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing
2 : an act or instance of bringing together

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Other Words from gather

Verb

gatherer \ ˈga-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce gatherer (audio) also  ˈge-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for gather

Verb

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

synonyms see in addition infer

Verb

gather, collect, and assemble mean to come or bring together. gather is used for the coming or bringing together of different kinds of things. They gathered all the goods in the house and sold them. collect is used for a careful or orderly gathering of things that are often of one kind. It's fun to collect coins. assemble is used for a gathering of units into an orderly whole. The choir assembled and started to sing.

Examples of gather in a Sentence

Verb

Give me just a minute to gather my things and then we can leave. The coach gathered her players together. She gathered her hair into a ponytail. The child was gathering flowers to give to his mother. The police are continuing to gather evidence relating to the crime. Volunteers have been gathering contributions for the new library. A crowd began to gather on the sidewalk. The players gathered together to hear the coach's game plan. The bicyclists gathered speed as they went downhill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to police, a woman drove through a crowd that was gathered the night of June 20 on the 6000 block of McGraw on the city's west side. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police seek hit-and-run suspect from candlelight vigil," 3 July 2019 Other data were gathered by orbiting spacecraft that scientists built and sent to the moon as a direct result of the scientific and technical knowledge gained through the Apollo missions. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 The measure has been in the works for nearly two years, having faced multiple court challenges to the way petition signatures for the initiative were gathered and to the very constitutionality of the measure. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Lakewood voters pump brakes on home building, pass slow-growth initiative in special election," 2 July 2019 The target was a training camp where several al Qaeda Syria leaders were gathered. NBC News, "U.S. hits al Qaeda training camp in Syria," 1 July 2019 Crews worked through the night to remove the debris as evidence was being gathered by Broward Sheriff’s deputies. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fatal overnight crash under investigation," 27 June 2019 More than 3 million cigarettes or cigarette butts were gathered in an international cleanup of beaches and waterways in 2009, according to LegacyForHealth.org. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Bird seen feeding cigarette to chick on Florida beach," 26 June 2019 After Harris took office as DA in 2004, attorneys representing abuse survivors in civil cases asked her office to release church records on abusive priests that had been gathered by her predecessor, Terence Hallinan. Michael Rezendes, Fortune, "Kamala Harris' Record Questioned by Clergy Abuse Victims," 26 June 2019 One other thing is certain: Motivated quants on Wall Street are only just beginning to leverage the market-moving information that can be gathered in orbit. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "You can make millions counting cars in parking lots from space," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While acknowledging the oversight, CLASH is pursuing potential legal action to force the city to still consider its legislation, and has gone back out to re-gather signatures for the March ballot. Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "CLASH responds to City Council’s proposed lead-safe legislation," 20 May 2019 On a warm fall afternoon, beekeepers from across the state gather to discuss business in the cultural center of Hopelchén. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 Sage grouse gather on the mating grounds at dawn for several weeks each spring. Washington Post, "Trump proposes easing oil, gas leasing restrictions in West," 2 May 2018 While the term intermittent fasting (or IF) may be new to many of us, the practice isn’t all that different from the way our ancestors likely lived: Hunt, gather, and eat during daylight; sleep and fast during darkness. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 This year's party, hosted last night at a stately private residence, saw editors, designers, models, and more gather to celebrate the [2018 Fashion Fund finalists[(/article/2018-cfda-vogue-fashion-fund-finalists). Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Played the Hostess with the Mostess at this Year's Americans in Paris Cocktail Party," 4 Mar. 2019 Every year, a commemorative march is held in which thousands of students, activists, and survivors of the massacre gather at the Tlatelolco plaza and march toward downtown Mexico City. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 And while the reality star with more than 77 million follows gathers thousands of comments a day on her posts, fans were surprised to see that Thompson was one of the many Instagram commentors. Fox News, "Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson trolled by fans for lovable Instagram exchange," 1 Aug. 2018 After a brief delay, the gather expands like a bubble of lava. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of gather

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gather

Verb

Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian; akin to Middle High German gadern to unite — more at good

Noun

derivative of gather entry 1

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gather

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring (things or people) together into a group
: to choose and collect (things)
: to get or take (things) from different people or places and bring them together

gather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold formed when cloth is pulled together

gather

verb
gath·​er | \ ˈga-t͟hər How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering

Kids Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pick up and collect They gathered wood for the fire.
2 : to choose and collect gather fruit I'm gathering facts for my report.
3 : to come together in a group or around a center of attraction A crowd gathered on the sidewalk.
4 : to gain little by little gather speed
5 : to bring or call forth (as strength or courage) from within
6 : to get an idea : conclude I gather you don't agree.
7 : to draw together in or as if in folds She gathered her cloak about her.

gather

noun

Kids Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

: the result of gathering cloth : pucker
gath·​er | \ ˈgat͟h-ər, ˈget͟h- How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering\ -​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) \

Medical Definition of gather

: to swell and fill with pus the boil is gathering

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