Thesaurus

gather

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gather

1 to bring together in one body or place
  • He gathered the leftovers from the table and gave them to the dog.
  • Let's gather the students and have them line up on the playground before going in from recess.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Phrases Synonymous with gather

get together

Near Antonyms of gather
Antonyms of gather
2 to catch or collect (a crop or natural resource) for human use
  • Late summer is when we gather the tomatoes and begin canning them for the winter.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Near Antonyms of gather
3 to come together into one body or place
  • A crowd gathered around the street musician.
  • Ask the faculty to gather in the lounge for the meeting.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Phrases Synonymous with gather

get together

Near Antonyms of gather
Antonyms of gather
4 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information
  • I gather that, since you are back so early, the store was closed?
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Phrases Synonymous with gather

draw a conclusion

5 to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass
  • Fallen leaves gathered beneath the huge tree.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Near Antonyms of gather
6 to gradually increase in
  • The movement gathered force as election day neared.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather
Near Antonyms of gather
Antonyms of gather
7 to call into being through the use of one's inner resources or powers
  • Somehow she gathered the strength to finish the marathon.
Synonyms of gather
Words Related to gather

Synonym Discussion of gather

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state.
    • a crowd quickly gathered
collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement.
    • collected books on gardening
assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose.
    • experts assembled for a conference
congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle.
    • congregating under a shelter

synonyms see in addition infer



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gather? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!