- to bring together into one group, collection, or place: to gather firewood; to gather the troops.
- to bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people; collect gradually: The college is gathering a faculty from all over the country.
- to serve as a center of attention for; attract: A good football game always gathers a crowd.
- to pick or harvest (any crop or natural yield) from its place of growth or formation: to gather fruit; to gather flowers.
- to pick up piece by piece: Gather your toys from the floor.
- to pick or scoop up: She gathered the crying child in her arms.
- to collect (as taxes, dues, money owed, etc.).
- to accumulate; increase: The storm gathers force. The car gathered speed.
- to take by selection from among other things; sort out; cull.
- to assemble or collect (one's energies or oneself) as for an effort (often followed by up): He gathered up his strength for the hard job.
- to learn or conclude from observation; infer; deduce: I gather that he is the real leader.
- to wrap or draw around or close: He gathered his scarf around his neck.
- to contract (the brow) into wrinkles.
- to draw (cloth) up on a thread in fine folds or puckers by means of even stitches.
- Bookbinding. to assemble (the printed sections of a book) in proper sequence for binding.
- Nautical. to gain (way) from a dead stop or extremely slow speed.
- Metalworking. to increase the sectional area of (stock) by any of various operations.
- Glassmaking. to accumulate or collect (molten glass) at the end of a tube for blowing, shaping, etc.
- to come together around a central point; assemble: Let's gather round the fire and sing.
- to collect or accumulate: Clouds were gathering in the northeast.
- to grow, as by accretion; increase.
- to become contracted into wrinkles, folds, creases, etc., as the brow or as cloth.
- to come to a head, as a sore in suppurating.
- a drawing together; contraction.
- Often gathers. a fold or pucker, as in gathered cloth.
- an act or instance of gathering.
- an amount or number gathered, as during a harvest.
- Glassmaking. a mass of molten glass attached to the end of a punty.
- be gathered to one's fathers, to die.
Origin of gather
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Examples from the Web for gather
I have never been to the Matzo Ball, but I gather the vibes are different.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
Cabinet ministers of the day gather to review the names and the allegations.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
And who else would let them gather dust in some drawer for nearly 50 years?Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and Others Crowdsource A Dylan Album
November 16, 2014
The land involved is sacred to them and used to gather acorns for religious ceremonies.McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
They gather and sleep in open fields, surrounded by nature and the stillness of the night.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
He said "It is Light" and he used the rays of the early sun to gather food for his family.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But as I gather it, after you shot Bill Dozier you simply sat on your horse and waited.Way of the Lawless
We gather this simply from the opinions we had previously formed of the authors.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
Close on our right a twig snapped and I began to gather myself for the spring.The Trail Book
She is being prepared, as nearly as I can gather, to receive a proposal of marriage.Quaint Courtships
- to assemble or cause to assemble
- to collect or be collected gradually; muster
- (tr) to learn from information given; conclude or assume
- (tr) to pick or harvest (flowers, fruit, etc)
- (tr; foll by to or into) to clasp or embracethe mother gathered the child into her arms
- (tr) to bring close (to) or wrap (around)she gathered her shawl about her shoulders
- to increase or cause to increase gradually, as in force, speed, intensity, etc
- to contract (the brow) or (of the brow) to become contracted into wrinkles; knit
- (tr) to assemble (sections of a book) in the correct sequence for binding
- (tr) to collect by making a selection
- (tr) to prepare or make readyto gather one's wits
- to draw (material) into a series of small tucks or folds by passing a thread through it and then pulling it tight
- (intr) (of a boil or other sore) to come to a head; form pus
- the act of gathering
- the amount gathered
- a small fold in material, as made by a tightly pulled stitch; tuck
- printing an informal name for section (def. 17)
Word Origin and History for gather
Old English gadrian, gædrian "unite, agree, assemble; gather, collect, store up," used of flowers, thoughts, persons; from Proto-Germanic *gadurojan "bring together, unite" (cf. Old English gæd "fellowship, companionship," gædeling "companion;" Middle Low German gadderen; Old Frisian gaderia; Dutch gaderen "to gather," gade "spouse;" German Gatte "husband;" Gothic gadiliggs), from PIE *ghedh- "to unite, join" (see good (adj.). Change of spelling from -d- to -th- is 1500s, reflecting earlier change in pronunciation. Related: Gathered; gathering.