What does gather mean?

Definitions for gather
ˈgæð ərgath·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gather, gatheringnoun

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

  2. gather, gatheringverb

    the act of gathering something

  3. gather, garner, collect, pull togetherverb

    assemble or get together

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

  4. meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregatherverb

    collect in one place

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

  5. accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amassverb

    collect or gather

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

  6. gatherverb

    conclude from evidence

    "I gather you have not done your homework"

  7. gather, pucker, tuckverb

    draw together into folds or puckers

  8. assemble, gather, get togetherverb

    get people together

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

  9. gatherverb

    draw and bring closer

    "she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"

  10. gatherverb

    look for (food) in nature

    "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"

  11. gain, gatherverb

    increase or develop

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


  1. gathernoun

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

  2. gathernoun

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

  3. gathernoun

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

  4. gathernoun

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

  5. gatherverb

    To collect; normally separate things.

  6. gatherverb

    To bring parts of a whole closer.

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

  7. gatherverb

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

  8. gatherverb

    To be filled with pus

    Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.

  9. gatherverb

    To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.

  10. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gathernoun

    Pucker; cloth drawn together in wrinkles.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Give laws for pantaloons,
    The length of breeches, and the gathers,
    Part cannons, perriwigs and feathers. Hudibras, p. i.

  2. To GATHERverb

    Etymology: gaderan, Saxon.

    I gathered me silver and gold. Ecclus. ii. 8.

    Gather stones —— and they took stones and made an heap. Gen.

    The seventh year we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase. Lev. xxv. 20.

    His opinions
    Have satisfied the king for his divorce,
    Gather’d from all the famous colleges. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Cast up the highway, gather out the stones. Is. lxii. 10.

    I will spend this preface upon those from whom I have gathered my knowledge; for I am but a gatherer. Henry Wotton.

    To pay the creditor, that lent him his rent, he must gather up money by degrees, as the sale of his commodities shall bring it in. John Locke.

    What have I done?
    To see my youth, my beauty, and my love
    No sooner gain’d, but slighted and betray’d;
    And like a rose just gather’d from the stalk,
    But only smelt, and cheaply thrown aside,
    To wither on the ground! John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    They have gathered themselves together against me. Job.

    Come ye heathen, and gather yourselves together. Joel. iii.

    He led us through three fair streets; and all the way we went there were gathered some people on both sides, standing in a row. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. Prov. xxviii. 8.

    Save us, O Lord, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name. Ps. cvi. 47.

    The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. Mat. xiii. 47.

    I will gather others to him, besides those that are gathered unto him. Is. lvi. 8.

    Immortal Marcus Tullius Cicero shone,
    The Roman rostra deck’d the consul’s throne;
    Gath’ring his flowing robe he seem’d to stand,
    In act to speak, and graceful stretch’d his hand. Alexander Pope.

    He gathers ground upon her in the chace;
    Now breathes upon her hair with nearer pace. Dryden.

    That which, out of the law either of reason or of God, men probably gathering to be expedient, they make it law. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 3.

    The reason that I gather he is mad,
    Is a mad tale he told to-day at dinner,
    Of his own door being shut against his entrance. William Shakespeare.

    After he had seen the vision, we endeavoured to get into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us. Acts xvi. 10.

    By night, and listening where the hapless pair
    Sat in their sad discourse, and various plaint,
    Thence gather’d his own doom. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Madamoiselle de Scudery, who is as old as Sibyl, is at this time translating Geoffrey Chaucer into modern French: from which I gather, that he has formerly been translated into the old Provençal. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    We may easily gather from this passage what notion the ancients had concerning a future state. Notes on the Odyssey.

    The luckless lucky maid
    A long time with that savage people staid,
    To gather breath, in many miseries. Edmund Spenser.

  3. To Gatherverb

    If ere night the gath’ring clouds we fear,
    A song will help the beating storm to bear. John Dryden, Past.

    When gath’ring clouds o’ershadow all the skies,
    And shoot quick lightnings, weigh, my boys! he cries. John Dryden.

    When the rival winds their quarrel try,
    South, East and West, on airy coursers born,
    The whirlwind gathers, and the woods are torn. Dryden.

    Think on the storm that gathers o’er your head,
    And threatens every hour to burst upon it. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Their snow-ball did not gather as it went; for the people came in to them. Francis Bacon, Henry VIII.

    There be three things that mine heart feareth; the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation. Ecclus. xxvi. 5.

    Ask one, who by repeated restraints hath subdued his natural rage, how he likes the change, and he will tell you ’tis no less happy than the ease of a broken imposthume after the painful gathering and filling of it. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gatherverb

    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. Gatherverb

    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. Gatherverb

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

  4. Gatherverb

    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. Gatherverb

    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. Gatherverb

    to gain; to win

  7. Gatherverb

    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. Gatherverb

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

  9. Gatherverb

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

  10. Gatherverb

    to grow larger by accretion; to increase

  11. Gatherverb

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

  12. Gatherverb

    to collect or bring things together

  13. Gathernoun

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

  14. Gathernoun

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

  15. Gathernoun

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

  16. Etymology: [OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian, gadrian, fr. gador, geador, together, fr. gd fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen to collect, G. gatte husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs a sister's son. 29. See Good, and cf. Together.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gather

    gath′ėr, v.t. to collect: to acquire: in sewing, to plait: to learn by inference.—v.i. to assemble or muster: to increase: to suppurate.—n. a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing the thread through (pl. that part of the dress which is gathered or drawn in).—ns. Gath′erer, one who collects: a gleaner: in glass manufacturing, a workman who collects molten glass on the end of a rod preparatory to blowing; Gath′ering, a crowd or assembly: a tumour or collection of matter; Gath′ering-coal, -peat, a coal, peat, put into a fire at night, with the hot embers gathered about it, to keep the fire alive till morning; Gath′ering-cry, a summons to assemble for war.—Gather breath, to recover wind; Gather ground, to gain ground; Gather one's self together, to collect all one's powers, like one about to leap; Gather to a head, to ripen: to come into a state of preparation for action or effect; Gather way, to get headway by sail or steam so as to answer the helm. [A.S. gaderian, gæderian, (tó)gædere, together; cf. geador, together, gǽd, company.]


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Editors Contribution

  1. gather

    To collect.

    #They did gather the water when it rained to ensure they did reuse it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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 for gather »

  1. Gareth

  2. rageth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gather in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of gather in a Sentence

  1. Omer Ciloglu:

    Nobody from the state called me. Nobody told me 'do not leave your hometown, we are with you'. Instead they say do not gather, do not protest.

  2. Sergio Salgado:

    We want to gather all these common experiences, together with people of proven credibility, so we can process information more quickly on a global level.

  3. Tom Dening:

    The study makes the assumption that it is reasonable to gather together studies from the other two major coronavirus epidemics of the last 20 years — SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — and to combine these with the relatively limited data so far available about the effects of Covid-19 upon mental health, it is probably legitimate to do so, but a casual glance at the paper may suggest that the paper is mainly about Covid-19, whereas most of the data come from the earlier virus outbreaks.

  4. John Hultquist:

    If it were done in retaliation we'd expect some sort of follow on disruption or destruction of it, which we didn't see. Typically, when we see cyber espionage actors, they prefer to stay quiet and remain on target where they can gather as much intelligence as possible.

  5. Joni Ernst:

    It means the world to me to know that this memorial is going to be right here on our National Mall, and it will honor all of those tremendous men and women who served in our armed forces in the Global War on Terror, but it also honors their families and those that lost loved ones, it will be a place of remembrance. A place where families and communities can come gather together and just remember the significant service and sacrifice over the past 20 years of the [GWOT].

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