- The definition of a gather is a drawing together.
An example of gather is a piece of puckered fabric like a ruffle.
- Gather is defined as to bring or come together in one place.
An example of gather is for a shepherd to herd his sheep into one area in the field to graze.
Gathered fabric on a wedding dress.
gather definition by Webster's New World
- to cause to come together in one place or group
- to get or collect gradually from various places, sources, etc.; amass; accumulate: to gather information
- to bring close: to gather a blanket about one's legs
- to pick, pluck, or collect by picking; harvest: to gather crops
- to get as an idea or impression; infer; conclude: I gather that you disagree
- to prepare to collect (oneself, one's energies) to meet a situation
- to gain or acquire gradually: to gather speed
- to draw (cloth) on a thread loosely stitched across it into fixed folds or puckers
- to wrinkle (one's brow)
- to put (the pages or signatures of a book) in proper order for binding
Origin: Middle English gaderen ; from Old English gad(e)rian, akin to Old Frisian gaduria, Dutch gaderen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghedh-, to unite, join from source (to)gether, good, German gatte, spouse
- to come together; assemble: to gather for lunch
- to form pus; come to a head, as a boil; fester
- to increase: clouds gathered
- to become wrinkled: said of the brow
- gatherer noun
gather definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb gath·ered, gath·er·ing, gath·ers verb, transitive
- To cause to come together; convene: The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit.
- a. To accumulate (something) gradually; amass: The top of the bookshelf gathered dust.b. To harvest or pick: gather flowers; gather wild foods.
- To gain by a process of gradual increase: gather speed.
- To collect into one place; assemble.
- To pick up and enfold: gathered the kittens into her arms.
- Printing To arrange (signatures) in sequence for bookbinding.
- a. To draw into small folds or puckers, as by pulling a thread through cloth.b. To contract and wrinkle (the brow).
- To draw about or bring (one thing) closer to something else: gathered the shawl about my shoulders.
- To conclude; infer: I gather that a decision has not been reached.
- To summon up; muster: gathered up his courage.
- To attract or be a center of attraction for: The parade gathered a large crowd.
- To come together in a group; assemble: A crowd gathered in the lobby.
- To accumulate: Dark clouds are gathering.
- To grow or increase by degrees.
- To come to a head, as a boil; fester.
- To forage for wild foodstuffs.
- a. The act or an instance of gathering.b. A quantity gathered.
- A small fold or pucker made by gathering cloth.
Origin: Middle English getheren, gaderen, from Old English gadrian; see ghedh- in Indo-European roots.
- gathˈer·er noun
gather - Phrases/Idioms
be gathered to one's fathers
- to pick up and assemble
- to draw together; make more compact