glean

[ gleen ]
/ glin /

verb (used with object)

to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.

verb (used without object)

to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
to gather what is left by reapers.

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Origin of glean

1350–1400; Middle English glenen<Old French glener<Late Latin glennāre ≪ Celtic

OTHER WORDS FROM glean

glean·a·ble, adjectivegleaner, nounun·gleaned, adjective

Words nearby glean

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British Dictionary definitions for glean

glean
/ (ɡliːn) /

verb

to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small piecesto glean information from the newspapers
to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting

Derived forms of glean

gleanable, adjectivegleaner, noun

Word Origin for glean

C14: from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin
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