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  1. a gathering in, especially of farm products; harvest.
  2. a gathering together, as of persons; assembly.

Origin of ingathering

First recorded in 1525–35; in-1 + gathering


[in-gath-er, in-gath-er]
verb (used with object)
  1. to gather or bring in, as a harvest.
verb (used without object)
  1. to collect; assemble.

Origin of ingather

First recorded in 1565–75; in-1 + gather
Related formsin·gath·er·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for ingathering

Historical Examples

  • How, again, about the feast of trumpets, and that of the ingathering at full harvest?

    The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Leviticus

    S H Kellogg

  • It is well—it is well—this home-festival of the ingathering.

    The Hearth-Stone

    Samuel Osgood

  • From that day and hour it was clear that there was not to be so successful an ingathering after all.

  • The ingathering of the Jews to the Church: in what manner, and when.

    Emilie the Peacemaker

    Mrs. Thomas Geldart

  • The arrangement of my little jewel-heap was more difficult, if less laborious, than the ingathering.

British Dictionary definitions for ingathering


  1. (tr) to gather together or in (a harvest)
Derived Formsingatherer, noun
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