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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The 10-day celebration is one of the largest public gatherings of the District’s jazz community, bringing together dozens of musicians who will play at various venues around town. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 June 2019 Detectives are in the beginning stages of information gathering for the incident. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Woman Reported That She Was Drugged At YouTuber Jake Paul's Recent House Party," 8 May 2019 As the holiday season swings into full gear, what better way to indulge in some much-deserved merrymaking than with a host of Christmas crackers and ornaments bound to liven up even the steeliest of gatherings? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "13 Bite-Size Beauty Gifts to Kick Start the Holiday Festivities," 17 Dec. 2018 But the day-to-day work of intelligence gathering and intelligence analysis is much more mundane. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 Still, another male classmate who Ramirez said egged Kavanaugh on during the party has denied any memory of the gathering. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation derailed by sexual misconduct allegations: A list of his accusers," 27 Sep. 2018 Daniel founded and runs the Exponential Medicine Conference, which is one of the largest cross-disciplinary gatherings of life science researchers and innovators. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks," 24 July 2018 Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.S. Warns London Visitors Ahead of Trump’s U.K. Visit," 11 July 2018 Detectives are in the beginning stages of information gathering for the incident. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Woman Reported That She Was Drugged At YouTuber Jake Paul's Recent House Party," 8 May 2019

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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

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gath·​er·​ing

Medical Definition of gathering

: a suppurating swelling : abscess

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