What does gather mean?

Definitions for gather
ˈgæð ərgath·er

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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"


  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

  16. Origin: [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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  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. Marcos Espinal:

    You have to gather the data.

  2. Virgil:

    Your descendants shall gather your fruits.

  3. Pauline Musariri:

    It is a mad man who gather in an angry Lion's den.

  4. Mary Howitt:

    He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.

  5. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    We are trying to gather facts to determine how the matter will be handled.

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