gathering

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noun gath·er·ing \ˈgath-riŋ, ˈga-thə-\

Definition of gathering

  1. 1 :  assembly, meeting

  2. 2 :  a suppurating swelling :  abscess

  3. 3 :  the collecting of food or raw materials from the wild

  4. 4 :  collection, compilation

  5. 5 :  a gather in cloth

Examples of gathering in a Sentence

  1. I see my cousins only at occasional family gatherings.

  2. dinner parties and other social gatherings

  3. a gathering of political leaders

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Origin and Etymology of gathering

Middle English gaderyng, gederunge, going back to Old English gadrung, gædrung, gegaderung, gegadrung “joining, union, assembly,” from gadrian, gaderian “to join, unite, 1gather” + -ung 3-ing


GATHERING Defined for English Language Learners

gathering

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Definition of gathering for English Language Learners

  • : an occasion when people come together as a group

  • : the act or process of gathering something


GATHERING Defined for Kids

gathering

noun gath·er·ing \ˈga-thə-riŋ\

Definition of gathering for Students

  1. :  an occasion when people come together as a group a family gathering


Medical Dictionary

gathering

noun gath·er·ing

Medical Definition of gathering

  1. :  a suppurating swelling :  abscess



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