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glean

[ gleen ]
/ glin /
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verb (used with object)
to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
to gather small amounts of (grain or the like) left behind after a harvest, nowadays often for charitable use.
to clear (a field, orchard, etc.) of leftover produce in this way: Millet’s painting The Gleaners depicts three peasant women stooping low as they glean a field of wheat.
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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English glenen, from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, ultimately from Celtic

OTHER WORDS FROM glean

glean·a·ble, adjectiveglean·er, noun

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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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