glean

verb
\ ˈglēn How to pronounce glean (audio) \
gleaned; gleaning; gleans

Definition of glean

intransitive verb

1 : to gather grain or other produce left by reapers
2 : to gather information or material bit by bit

transitive verb

1a : to pick up after a reaper
b : 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 drive
b : 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.

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Other Words from glean

gleanable \ ˈglē-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce gleanable (audio) \ adjective
gleaner noun

The Grainy History of Glean

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.

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
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But information gleaned from the files shows that Epstein received special treatment during his entire time under the Sheriff’s Office supervision. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Jeffrey’s Epstein’s special treatment in jail was far more lenient than anyone knew," 17 Aug. 2019 If any information gleaned from the R.J.V. civil case is shared by lawyers with state prosecutors handling the criminal case, Acosta threatened to issue a contempt finding and dismiss the civil suit for good. oregonlive.com, "Judge puts hold on depositions in civil case against Democratic power broker Terry Bean as he fights criminal charges," 31 July 2019 Billing it as the largest such trove of data made available to researchers and rivals, Lyft said Tuesday the initiative includes more than 55,000 three-dimensional frames gleaned from cameras, lidar, and radar installed on its research fleet. BostonGlobe.com, "Coca-Cola stock boosted by sales of less sugary drinks," 25 July 2019 Those systems also combine information gleaned from images with data on temperature, rainfall, soil quality, and other variables to determine when and how much to spray and water crops. Jeremy Deaton, Quartz, "Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we farm," 24 July 2019 Furthermore, information gleaned from a scanner rarely includes information that wouldn’t eventually be open to the public — if, that is, someone even knows to ask for it. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Keep police and fire radio communications open and transparent," 14 June 2019 There were multiple shots of Singapore's gleaning skyline in the documentary; Kim was shown visiting tourist wonders like the Gardens by the Bay. Adam Taylor, ajc, "Documentary shows Trump saluting North Korean general," 14 June 2018 There were multiple shots of Singapore's gleaning skyline in the documentary; Kim was shown visiting tourist wonders like the Gardens by the Bay. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Documentary shows Trump saluting North Korean general," 14 June 2018 In 2012, the pharmaceutical company Amgen bought the database and now profits from the insights gleaned from it. Mason Marks, STAT, "DNA donors must demand stronger protection for genetic privacy," 30 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glean.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of glean

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for glean

Middle English glenen, from Anglo-French glener, from Late Latin glennare, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish doglenn he selects

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glean

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glean

: 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

verb
\ ˈglēn How to pronounce glean (audio) \
gleaned; gleaning

Kids Definition of glean

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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