Definition of gather in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaT͟Hər/


1 [no object] Come together; assemble or accumulate: a crowd gathered in the square
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  • Philip's statement brought a ripple of laughter from the crowd of assembled contestants gathered around the archery range.
  • Mike looked around at the assemblage gathered around him.
  • I still remember a lover's quarrel last February when I'd walked desolately along Madison Avenue, only to come across a small crowd gathered around the store.
congregate, assemble, meet, collect, come/get together, convene, muster, rally, converge;
cluster together, crowd, mass, flock together
2 [with object] Bring together and take in from scattered places or sources: we have gathered the information
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  • Nevertheless here, and in the Source book, material previously scattered in archives is gathered together and ordered.
  • All information contained herein is gathered from sources we believe to be reliable.
  • The main sources used to gather information were as follows.
2.1Pick up from the ground or a surface: they gathered up the dirty plates and cups
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  • They gathered up the sheet they put on the ground and shoved it into the bundle they carried with them.
  • For years thereafter, the comic book would dutifully be gathered up every evening and locked in a safe.
  • She gathered up her things and hurried after him.
2.2Collect (grain or other crops) as a harvest.
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  • The abundance of apple sellers, though, harks back to the old days when all the crops would be gathered in and no fruit picked after this date for the puca, a supernatural being, would be busy spoiling unpicked fruit at Halloween.
  • August to November heralds another period of fair weather, when the harvest is gathered in.
  • To most Pagans Samhain is a sacred day - a time when the last harvests are gathered in before winter's arrival, and the time when family members who have passed away are remembered and honored.
2.3Collect (plants, fruits, etc.) for food.
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  • In some areas of low population density hunting of wild pigs predominates, along with food gathering, hunting and collection of wild plants and animals.
  • This led to the creation of tools to aid them in their activities such as hunting and food gathering.
  • After collecting several branches of large red berries, he gathered as many wedge fruit as he could carry from the nearby tree and walked back to their spot on the grass.
harvest, reap, crop;
pick, pluck;
2.4Draw together or toward oneself: she gathered the child in her arms
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  • The two embrace and gather the child between them.
  • In the next instant I felt him pulling me to him, gathering me into his arms.
  • She reached out for him, with both hands outstretched, and he responded by standing, and gently pulling her to her feet, and gathering her into his arms.
clasp, clutch, pull, embrace, enfold, hold, hug, cuddle, squeeze
literary embosom
2.5Draw and hold together (fabric or a part of a garment) by running thread through it: the front is gathered at the waist
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  • Pull up the threads to gather the fabric into pleats.
  • The fabric is gathered at the waist with a belt which is tied at the side.
  • Pull the basting bobbin threads to gather the skirt.
pleat, shirr, pucker, tuck, fold, ruffle
3 [with object] Infer; understand: her clients were, I gathered, a prosperous group
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  • You will have gathered by now that it would be an understatement to say he is no admirer of his subject.
  • The director, one gathers, wants a Paris Commune purified of all its difficult and perhaps unpleasant associations, a kind of utopian model to hold out to today's radical protesters.
  • Indeed, the genre blurring of the title is intended, one gathers, to apply not only to Manet and Flaubert but also to Reed's own text.
understand, be given to understand, believe, be led to believe, think, conclude, deduce, infer, assume, take it, surmise, fancy;
hear, hear tell, learn, discover
4 [with object] Develop a higher degree of: the green movement is gathering pace
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  • The inter-county hurling and football championships have been gathering pace this past few weeks.
  • The prog rock revival gathered pace last year when they toured Europe, South America and South East Asia.
  • The battle for a second doctors' surgery in Westbury gathered pace this week, with residents being urged to take the fight to their local MP.
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
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  • Somehow, they gathered themselves to beat Limerick in the first round of the qualifiers but the core discontent hadn't been addressed.
  • He gathered himself up with as much dignity as he could muster before glaring at me.
  • Thankfully that was not the case as the lads once again gathered themselves and shot two late points to secure that all-important victory.
summon, call together, bring together, assemble, convene, rally, round up, muster, marshal


A part of a garment that is gathered or drawn in.
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  • This can be accomplished at side seams, the center back seam, gathers, pleats, darts or a combination of the above.
  • Ruffles, lace, pin tucks, gathers, folkloric embroidery or lettuce leaf edging are the perfect accent to more classic silhouettes or a pair of well-worn jeans.
  • The garments would have soft volume with gathers, frills, layers and plenty of patterns, reads the forecast.


gather way

(Of a ship) begin to move.
Example sentences
  • It bellied in the wind, and the dark wave hissed loud at the keel, as she gathered way over the water.
  • Gradually the two battleships gathered way and proceeded to head down the river abreast of each other.
  • Shortly afterwards she began to move down the bank, bumped, gathered way and then bumped very heavily.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡaT͟H(ə)rər/
Example sentences
  • ‘These people are actually paid and trained semi-professional evidence gatherers, and they are not police officers,’ he said.
  • ‘We've already lined up squads of volunteer signature gatherers,’ she says mischievously.
  • For much of the 200,000 or so years prior to agriculture, humans lived as nomadic hunters, gatherers and scavengers - surviving solely on wild plants and animals.


Old English gaderian; related to Dutch gaderen, also to together.

  • good from Old English:

    The ancient root of good probably meant ‘to bring together, unite’ which was also the source of gather (Old English). In 1957 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said, ‘Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good’. ‘You Never Had It So Good’ was the US Democratic Party slogan during the 1952 election campaign. Also in 1952, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its first outlet, and for many years its slogan has been ‘It's finger-lickin' good’. Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Day, on which Christ was crucified, uses good in the old sense ‘observed as holy’. Our word goodbye (late 16th century) is actually a shortened form of the phrase God be with you. In time good replaced God, in line with phrases such as good morning and goodnight. Sweets and cakes have been goodies since the mid 18th century, and the childish exclamation goody is first recorded not much later. Goody goody gumdrops was the catchphrase of Humphrey Lestocq, the host of the British children's TV show Whirligig in the 1950s.

Words that rhyme with gather

blather, foregather, slather

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Syllabification: gath·er

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