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 crowd of 36,951 last weekend at the Rose Bowl could be described as a friends-and-family gathering, and the crowd on Saturday is expected to consist of almost as many Oklahoma fans as UCLA fans. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s struggles will be a national spectacle against Oklahoma," 13 Sep. 2019 The gathering consists of viewing a short video, followed by an interactive discussion about appreciating the need to consult and work together., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Saturday’s service, a gathering for McLeod’s friends and family, will be held at Bay Presbyterian Church on Lake Road at noon. Chris Fedor,, "Fred McLeod’s funeral service set for Saturday afternoon, will be streamed live on," 11 Sep. 2019 In Danney’s defense, his attorneys have pursued communications between Johnson and Arnold during pretrial evidence-gathering. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow, BALCO chemist on witness list in banned drug case," 11 Sep. 2019 Zarif made a surprise visit to the G-7 gathering of world leaders in Biarritz last month, prompting renewed hope for talks between Tehran and Washington brokered by the French government. NBC News, "Iran breaches nuclear deal again, warns 'not much time left' to save agreement," 7 Sep. 2019 The child was hit around 9:20 p.m. during a large gathering in the 10600 block of Monitor-McKee Road Northeast, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. oregonlive, "Boy, 5, dies after being hit by pickup near Woodburn," 1 Sep. 2019 My great-grandmother Agatha brought them to family gatherings, smothered in a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce with raisins. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 The Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting new members, who are invited to monthly networking gatherings, speaking events and strategic business sessions with Shaw-Woo. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's black chamber of commerce wants to fix the city's socioeconomic divide," 19 Aug. 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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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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