Definition of glean
1 : to gather grain or other produce left by reapers
2 : to gather information or material bit by bit
1a : to pick up after a reaperb : to strip of the leavings of reapers glean a field
2a : to gather (something, such as information) bit by bit can glean secrets from his hard driveb : to pick over in search of relevant material gleaning old files for information
3 : find out The police used old-fashioned detective work to glean his whereabouts.
gleanableplay \ˈglē-nə-bəl\ adjective
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Examples of glean in a Sentence
She gleaned her data from various studies.
He has a collection of antique tools gleaned from flea markets and garage sales.
They spent days gleaning the files for information.
They spent hours gleaning in the wheat fields.
gleaning stray ears of corn
Recent Examples of glean from the Web
The keenest signal of how the Warriors view the Cavaliers now could be gleaned from that one number, four.
So far, the shooting has been shrouded in mystery, but The Times has gleaned information from autopsy reports conducted by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Anyone who likes to cook probably walks around the kitchen accompanied by a chorus of instructions gleaned from years of standing stove-side with Grandma or sitting couch-side with Ina.
Cohn said the President gleaned important information from his G7 partners but had not yet determined a way to move forward.
But there’s important science to be gleaned from these aggressive animals, say researchers from the University of Liège in Belgium.
The study, released Tuesday by the accounting firm KPMG and the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement, or AGMA, based its estimates on data gleaned from interviews with executives at 15 large IT manufacturers.
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Did You Know?
Glean comes from Middle English glenen, which traces to Anglo-French glener, meaning "to glean." The French borrowed their word from Late Latin glennare, which also means "to glean" and is itself of Celtic origin. Both the grain-gathering sense and the collecting-bit-by-bit senses of our glean date back at least to the 14th century. Over the years, and especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, glean has also come to be used frequently with the meaning "to find out, learn, ascertain." This sense has been criticized by folks who think glean should always imply the drudgery involved in the literal grain-gathering sense, but it is well established and perfectly valid.
Origin and Etymology of glean
Middle English glenen, from Anglo-French glener, from Late Latin glennare, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish doglenn he selects
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
GLEAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of glean for English Language Learners
: to gather or collect (something) in a gradual way
: to search (something) carefully
: to gather grain or other material that is left after the main crop has been gathered
GLEAN Defined for Kids
Definition of glean for Students
1 : to gather from a field what is left by the harvesters
2 : to gather (as information) little by little with patient effort
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