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[ gath-er-ing ]


  1. an assembly or meeting.

    Synonyms: assemblage

  2. an assemblage of people; group or crowd.

    Synonyms: throng, company, concourse, congregation

  3. a collection, assemblage, or compilation of anything.
  4. the act of a person or thing that gathers.
  5. something that is gathered together.
  6. a gather or a series of gathers in cloth.
  7. an inflamed and suppurating swelling.

    Synonyms: carbuncle, abscess, boil

  8. (in a flue, duct, or the like) a tapered section forming a transition between two sections, one of which has a greater area than the other.
  9. Bookbinding. a section in a book, usually a sheet cut into several leaves.


/ ˈɡæðərɪŋ /


  1. a group of people, things, etc, that are gathered together; assembly
  2. sewing a gather or series of gathers in material
    1. the formation of pus in a boil
    2. the pus so formed
  3. printing an informal name for section
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gathering1

First recorded before 900; Middle English gaderinge, Old English gaderunge; equivalent to gather + -ing 1
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Example Sentences

Screenshots of the gatherings shared with VOSD show some uncovered faces in close proximity.

When he first visited Kyiv in November 2018, he told a gathering of businessmen about a complex way to get American gas to Europe.

Hong Kong is currently easing restrictions on public gatherings that it imposed five weeks ago amid the third spike in cases.

From Fortune

It can say that for example, a large gathering of people is a public safety issue because people may get injured.

More generally, though, the protest was notable for participants’ refusal to wear masks—a decision that led Berlin’s authorities to announce Tuesday that masks would be obligatory in all open-air gatherings of more than 100 people.

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The St. Thomas gathering happened around 2005, according to Krauss.

The gathering of the thousands of cops had been a soul-stirring sight.

This is not about gathering intelligence or expanding surveillance.

Bashing commercialism at a commercial gathering would be ridiculous.

As I was gathering my things to go, the president suggested we take a few pictures together.

He gasped a few times, then, gathering strength again, went on with that horrible spasmodic recitation.

Children freshly befurbelowed, were gathering for their games under the oaks.

Walker had painted a picture he called "Spring," a young girl gathering primroses in a wood.

He annually has a gathering of distinguished farmers and others to inspect his estate and see how his "book farming" gets on.

And gathering up Stéphanie like a bunch of snowdrops, the yellow, galvanized iron old lady swept out of the room.





gathererGather ye rosebuds while ye may