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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The enthusiasm on display echoed that of gatherings in the mid-1990s. The Economist, "Raiders of the killer dappBlockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet," 28 June 2018 Along with the gathering in Washington, Dorsey also hosted a dinner in New York City with local conservative media leaders, two attendees confirmed. Tony Romm,, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 In New York, End Family Separation is gathering in Foley Square with the New York Immigration Coalition at 10am, and will march across the Brooklyn Bridge (RSVP here). Vogue, "The Families Belong Together March Is on June 30: Everything You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 The Afghan Ulema Council, which includes Muslim clerics, scholars and men of authority in religion and law from across the country, issued the fatwa at a gathering on Monday in Kabul that hosted around 2,000 council members., "The Latest on Kabul’s Suicide Bombing," 4 June 2018 The franchise was formally awarded by MLS in January at a carnival-like gathering in downtown Miami while confetti rained down and soccer enthusiasts chanted and cheered. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Everyone in Shanghai had seen the storm clouds gathering: Depression in the United States, fascism in Europe, Japanese aggression eating into China. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Take this gathering in London’s Hyde Park, where thousands came together to watch the game on large public outdoor screens. Raisa Bruner, Time, "English Soccer Fans Already Wasted a Lot of of Beer Before Winning the World Cup Semifinals," 11 July 2018 On June 16, 26 people were killed in an attack on one gathering in the Rodat district, where Taliban and local leaders were celebrating the Eid holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Sayed Salahuddin,, "Spate of attacks in eastern Afghanistan marks push by Islamic State militants," 11 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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English Language Learners Definition of gathering

: an occasion when people come together as a group

: the act or process of gathering something


gath·​er·​ing | \ˈga-t͟hə-riŋ\

Kids Definition of gathering

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



Medical Definition of gathering 

: a suppurating swelling : abscess

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