[ gath-er-ing ]
/ ˈgæð ər ɪŋ /


Origin of gathering

before 900; Middle English gaderinge, Old English gaderunge. See gather, -ing1

Definition for gathering (2 of 2)

[ gath-er ]
/ ˈgæð ər /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of gather

before 900; Middle English gaderen, Old English gaderian, derivative of geador together, akin to gæd fellowship; cf. together, good


synonym study for gather

1, 2. Gather, assemble, collect, muster, marshal imply bringing or drawing together. Gather expresses the general idea usually with no implication of arrangement: to gather seashells. Assemble is used of objects or facts brought together preparatory to arranging them: to assemble data for a report. Collect implies purposeful accumulation to form an ordered whole: to collect evidence. Muster, primarily a military term, suggests thoroughness in the process of collection: to muster all one's resources. Marshal, another term primarily military, suggests rigorously ordered, purposeful arrangement: to marshal facts for effective presentation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for gathering

British Dictionary definitions for gathering (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɡæðərɪŋ) /


a group of people, things, etc, that are gathered together; assembly
sewing a gather or series of gathers in material
  1. the formation of pus in a boil
  2. the pus so formed
printing an informal name for section (def. 17)

British Dictionary definitions for gathering (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɡæðə) /



Derived forms of gather

gatherable, adjectivegatherer, noun

Word Origin for gather

Old English gadrian; related to Old Frisian gaderia, Middle Low German gaderen
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Idioms and Phrases with gathering


see rolling stone gathers no moss.

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