I gather a decision has not been reached.
Gathered up his courage.
A crowd gathered in the lobby.
I gather that you disagree.
Gather crops; gather mushrooms.
- 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.
To gather for lunch.
An example of gather is a piece of puckered fabric like a ruffle.
An example of gather is for a shepherd to herd his sheep into one area in the field to graze.
To gather information.
To gather a blanket about one's legs.
To gather crops.
To gather speed.
I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
- (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.
Dark clouds are gathering.
The truck's speed gathered on the downslope.
- to die
- to pick up and assemble
- to draw together; make more compact
Origin of gather
- Middle English getheren, gaderen from Old English gadrian ghedh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.