Gathered fabric on a wedding dress.
- 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.
- 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 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
- Informal to get as an idea or impression; infer; conclude: I gather that you disagree
Origin of gatherMiddle 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
be gathered to one's fathers
- to pick up and assemble
- to draw together; make more compact
verbgath·ered, gath·er·ing, gath·ers
- a. To collect from different places; assemble: gather the pieces of a puzzle; gather information.b. To cause to come together; convene: The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit.c. To draw (something or someone) closer to oneself: gathered the shawl about my shoulders; gathered the child in her arms.d. To draw into small folds or puckers, as by pulling a thread through cloth.e. To contract and wrinkle (the brow).
- To harvest or pick: gather crops; gather mushrooms.
- To conclude or infer, as from evidence: I gather a decision has not been reached.
- To summon up; muster: gathered up his courage.
- a. To accumulate (something) gradually; amass: The top of the bookshelf gathered dust.b. To attract or be the center of attraction for: The jugglers gathered a large crowd.
- To gain by a process of gradual increase: gather speed.
- To pick up or collect (molten glass) using a tool in glass blowing.
- 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: The truck's speed gathered on the downslope.
- To come to a head, as a boil; fester.
- To forage for wild foodstuffs.
- The act or an instance of gathering.
- Something gathered, especially:a. A small fold or pucker made by gathering cloth.b. A mass of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe or other glass-blowing tool.
Origin of gatherMiddle English getheren, gaderen from Old English gadrian ; see ghedh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gathers, present participle gathering, simple past and past participle gathered)
- To collect; normally separate things.
- I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
- She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
- Especially, to harvest food.
- We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
- To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
- Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
- (intransitive) To congregate, or assemble.
- People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
- (intransitive) To grow gradually larger by accretion.
- To bring parts of a whole closer.
- She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
- (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
- A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
- (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
- Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
- If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
- (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
- (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
- to gather the slack of a rope
- To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
- From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
- I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
- (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
- Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
- (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
- To gain; to win.
- A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
- The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
- The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
- (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
From Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian (“to gather, assemble”), from Proto-Germanic *gadurōną (“to bring together, unite, gather”), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *gadōną (“to hold together”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰhedʰ- (“to unite, assemble, keep”). Cognate with Dutch gaderen, garen (“to gather”), Middle High German gadern (“to gather”), Old Frisian gadia (“to unite”), German begatten (“to mate”), Albanian gjedhe (“model, sample; to choose, prefer”). Compare also Old English gæd (“society, fellowship, union”). More at good.