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glean

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verb (used with object)
  1. to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
  2. to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
  3. to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
  2. to gather what is left by reapers.

Origin of glean

1350–1400; Middle English glenen < Old French glener < Late Latin glennāreCeltic
Related formsglean·a·ble, adjectiveglean·er, nounun·gleaned, adjective

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3. garner, deduce, infer.
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glean

verb
  1. to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small piecesto glean information from the newspapers
  2. to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Derived Formsgleanable, adjectivegleaner, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for glean

v.

early 14c., from Old French glener (Modern French glaner) "to glean," from Late Latin glennare "make a collection," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish do-glinn "he collects, gathers," Celt. glan "clean, pure"). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one of "gather grain left by the reapers" (late 14c.). Related: Gleaned; gleaning.

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