gathering

noun
gath·​er·​ing | \ ˈgat͟h-riŋ , ˈga-t͟hə-\

Definition of gathering

2 : a suppurating swelling : abscess
3 : the collecting of food or raw materials from the wild
5 : a gather in cloth

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Examples of gathering in a Sentence

I see my cousins only at occasional family gatherings. dinner parties and other social gatherings a gathering of political leaders
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Pope Francis is visiting Panama to preside over the church’s World Youth Day, the triennial international gathering of young Catholics. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Brings Pro-Migrant Message to Central America," 24 Jan. 2019 In the early Universe, however, there was simply too much energy to hold a family gathering. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 The school offers a community inside the community, with 30 affordable, energy-efficient apartments for low-income Buffalo seniors, and myriad recreation and gathering spaces. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub," 19 July 2018 As tech behemoths like Facebook and Google try to allay concerns over privacy, Shiru’s information-gathering on students has not drawn much scrutiny. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 While top executives for Disney, Comcast and 21st Century Fox are working, and relaxing, in Sun Valley, Idaho at the annual Allen & Co. gathering of media and tech moguls, a showdown for European pay TV giant Sky continues to play out in London. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "What's Next in the Bidding War for Sky?," 13 July 2018 Mixed reviews Community gatherings like that are where Wilcox has made his reputation. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Quiet agitator at CMS prepares to rattle some cages in his second year," 12 July 2018 Campaign representatives declined to respond Monday to questions about why signature gathering took longer than originally anticipated. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will convention center initiative qualify for ballot? Signatures are turned in," 9 July 2018 Recreation Supervisor Meghan Fenlon said the summer gathering is a way to introduce the 4-year-old park to dog owners who might be unfamiliar with it. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Dog days of summer: Tinley Park district throws Beach Pawty at Canine Campus park," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of gathering

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

History and Etymology for gathering

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

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The first known use of gathering was before the 12th century

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gathering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gathering

: an occasion when people come together as a group
: the act or process of gathering something

gathering

noun
gath·​er·​ing | \ ˈga-t͟hə-riŋ\

Kids Definition of gathering

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

gathering

noun
gath·​er·​ing

Medical Definition of gathering

: a suppurating swelling : abscess

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