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1 [no object] come together; assemble or accumulate:a crowd gathered in the square 2 [with object] bring together and take in from scattered places or sources:we have gathered the information pick up from the ground or a surface:they gathered up the dirty plates and cups collect (grain or other crops) as a harvest. collect (plants, fruits, etc.) for food. draw together or toward oneself:she gathered the child in her arms draw and hold together (fabric or a part of a garment) by running thread through it:the front is gathered at the waist 3 [with object] infer; understand:her clients were, I gathered, a prosperous group 4 [with object] develop a higher degree of:the green movement is gathering pace 5 [with object] summon up (a mental or physical attribute such as one’s thoughts or strength) for a purpose:he lay gathering his thoughts together he gathered himself for a tremendous leap
a part of a garment that is gathered or drawn in.