Gather definitions

găth'ər
To harvest or pick.

Gather crops; gather mushrooms.

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To conclude or infer, as from evidence.

I gather a decision has not been reached.

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To summon up; muster.

Gathered up his courage.

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To gain by a process of gradual increase.

Gather speed.

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To pick up or collect (molten glass) using a tool in glass blowing.
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To collect from different places; assemble.

Gather the pieces of a puzzle; gather information.

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To cause to come together; convene.

The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit.

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To draw (something or someone) closer to oneself.

Gathered the shawl about my shoulders; gathered the child in her arms.

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To draw into small folds or puckers, as by pulling a thread through cloth.
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To contract and wrinkle (the brow).
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To accumulate (something) gradually; amass.

The top of the bookshelf gathered dust.

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To attract or be the center of attraction for.

The jugglers gathered a large crowd.

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To come together in a group; assemble.

A crowd gathered in the lobby.

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To accumulate.

Dark clouds are gathering.

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To grow or increase by degrees.

The truck's speed gathered on the downslope.

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To come to a head, as a boil; fester.
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To forage for wild foodstuffs.
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The act or an instance of gathering.
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Something gathered, especially:
  • A small fold or pucker made by gathering cloth.
  • A mass of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe or other glass-blowing tool.
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To cause to come together in one place or group.
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To get or collect gradually from various places, sources, etc.; amass; accumulate.

To gather information.

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To bring close.

To gather a blanket about one's legs.

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To pick, pluck, or collect by picking; harvest.

To gather crops.

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To prepare to collect (oneself, one's energies) to meet a situation.
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To gain or acquire gradually.

To gather speed.

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To draw (cloth) on a thread loosely stitched across it into fixed folds or puckers.
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To wrinkle (one's brow)
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To put (the pages or signatures of a book) in proper order for binding.
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To get as an idea or impression; infer; conclude.

I gather that you disagree.

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To come together; assemble.

To gather for lunch.

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To form pus; come to a head, as a boil; fester.
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To increase.

Clouds gathered.

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To become wrinkled.
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A pucker or fold made in cloth.
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To collect; normally separate things.
  • 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.

I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.

She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.

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To bring parts of a whole closer.
  • (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.

She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.

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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.

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(intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus.

Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.

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(glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
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To gain; to win.
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A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
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The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
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The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
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(glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
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The definition of a gather is a drawing together.

An example of gather is a piece of puckered fabric like a ruffle.

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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.

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Origin of gather

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.