Definitions for gatherˈgæð ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gath•er*ˈgæð ər(v.t.)

  1. to bring together into one group, collection, or place; collect:

    to gather firewood; to gather supporters.

  2. to pick or harvest (any crop or natural yield) from its place of growth:

    to gather fruit.

    Category: Agriculture

  3. to pick up piece by piece:

    Gather your toys from the floor.

  4. to pick or scoop up:

    She gathered the crying child in her arms.

  5. to serve as a center of attention for; attract.

  6. to increase gradually and steadily:

    The car gathered speed.

  7. to take by selection from among other things; sort out; cull.

  8. to assemble or collect (one's energies or oneself) as for an effort (often fol. by up).

  9. to learn or conclude from observation; infer; deduce:

    I gather that she is the real leader.

  10. to wrap or draw around or close:

    He gathered his scarf around his neck.

  11. to contract (the brow) into wrinkles.

  12. to draw (cloth) up on a thread in fine folds or puckers by means of even stitches.

  13. to assemble (the printed sections of a book) in proper sequence for binding.

    Category: Printing

  14. to accumulate or collect (molten glass) at the end of a tube for blowing, shaping, etc.

    Category: Ceramics

  15. (v.i.)to come together around a central point; assemble.

  16. to collect or accumulate:

    Clouds were gathering in the northeast.

  17. to grow, as by accretion; increase.

  18. to become contracted into wrinkles, folds, or creases, as the brow or as cloth.

    Category: Textiles

  19. to come to a head, as a sore in suppurating.

  20. (n.)a drawing together; contraction.

  21. Often, gathers. a fold or pucker, as in gathered cloth.

    Category: Textiles

  22. an act or instance of gathering.

  23. an amount or number gathered, as during a harvest.

Idioms for gather:

  1. be gathered to one's fathers,to die.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: gather , assemble , collect , muster , marshal imply bringing or drawing together. gather expresses the general idea usu. with no implication of arrangement: to gather seashells. assemble is used of persons, objects, or facts brought together in a specific place or for a specific purpose: 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 chiefly military term, suggests rigorously ordered, purposeful arrangement: to marshal facts for effective presentation.

Origin of gather:

bef. 900; OE gaderian, der. of geador together, akin to gæd fellowship; cf. together


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gather, gathering(noun)

    sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

  2. gather, gathering(verb)

    the act of gathering something

  3. gather, garner, collect, pull together(verb)

    assemble or get together

    "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"

  4. meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregather(verb)

    collect in one place

    "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"

  5. accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass(verb)

    collect or gather

    "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"

  6. gather(verb)

    conclude from evidence

    "I gather you have not done your homework"

  7. gather, pucker, tuck(verb)

    draw together into folds or puckers

  8. assemble, gather, get together(verb)

    get people together

    "assemble your colleagues"; "get together all those who are interested in the project"; "gather the close family members"

  9. gather(verb)

    draw and bring closer

    "she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"

  10. gather(verb)

    look for (food) in nature

    "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"

  11. gain, gather(verb)

    increase or develop

    "the peace movement gained momentum"; "the car gathers speed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gather(verb)ˈæðɚ

    to come together, or make come together

    Experts from around the world are gathering in Cambridge this week.; Gather your team members together to discuss your strategy.

  2. gatherˈæðɚ

    to collect

    The children gathered leaves from the ground.; to gather information

  3. gatherˈæðɚ

    to believe sth because of information you have heard

    I gather (that) they're leaving soon.

  4. gatherˈæðɚ

    to increase in speed, strength, etc.

    The airplane gathers speed as it moves along the runway.


  1. gather(Noun)

    A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.

  2. gather(Noun)

    The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.

  3. gather(Noun)

    The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).

  4. gather(Noun)

    A piece of molten glass colected on the end of a blowpipe.

  5. gather(Verb)

    To collect; normally separate things.

  6. gather(Verb)

    To bring parts of a whole closer.

    She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.

  7. gather(Verb)

    To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.

  8. gather(Verb)

    To be filled with pus

    Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.

  9. gather(Verb)

    To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.

  10. Origin: From gaderen, from gaderian, from gadurōnan, frequentative of gadōnan, from gʰhedʰ-. Cognate with gaderen, garen, gadern, gadia, begatten, Albanian gjedhe. Compare also Old English gæd. More at good.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gather(verb)

    to bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate

  2. Gather(verb)

    to pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck

  3. Gather(verb)

    to accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up

  4. Gather(verb)

    to bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle

  5. Gather(verb)

    to derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude

  6. Gather(verb)

    to gain; to win

  7. Gather(verb)

    to bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like

  8. Gather(verb)

    to haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope

  9. Gather(verb)

    to come together; to collect; to unite; to become assembled; to congregate

  10. Gather(verb)

    to grow larger by accretion; to increase

  11. Gather(verb)

    to concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate pus; as, a boil has gathered

  12. Gather(verb)

    to collect or bring things together

  13. Gather(noun)

    a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker

  14. Gather(noun)

    the inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward

  15. Gather(noun)

    the soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See Gather, v. t., 7


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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3957

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gather' in Verbs Frequency: #392

Anagrams of gather

  1. Gareth

  2. rageth

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