gathering

noun
gath·​er·​ing | \ ˈgat͟h-riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) , 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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There have been many flavors of RC-135 built over the years to suit all kinds of intelligence gathering, from geolocating electronic signals to harvesting and analyzing the electronic emissions of potential adversaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Russian Jet Fighter Intercept a U.S. Air Force Spy Plane," 7 Mar. 2019 My humble suggestion: Instead of knocking down innocent walls in your home to allow for a family-friendly gathering place, try actually using all the rooms in your home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop With the Open Floor Plans," 28 Feb. 2019 In 2018’s gathering, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, and Kim all pose holding their respective children. Vogue, "All the Newest Kardashian Kids Are in the Family’s 2018 Christmas Card," 24 Dec. 2018 Today, South Street is a gathering place for locals and a stop for anyone who's serious about craft brewing. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.," 24 July 2018 But as her business gained popularity as a gathering place for black intellectuals, it was also targeted by hate crimes. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Carol McNeal, who built a library of black experience at Sacramento bookstore, dies at 86," 10 July 2018 As an exclamation point, Pruitt made the announcement last year to to a gathering of coal miners in eastern Kentucky. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "7 ways Scott Pruitt's legacy at EPA will live on," 6 July 2018 If the team builds a new headquarters in the suburbs, the team's old offices could become a new club or gathering place for fans. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 Columbia’s founder Jim Rouse envisioned village centers as community gathering places for residents to mingle and shop for their daily needs, with a grocery a key amenity. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Once again, an Oakland Mills Village Center grocery closes," 25 June 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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