Definition of gather in English:

gather

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaðə
 
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verb

1 [no object] Come together; assemble or accumulate: as soon as a crowd gathered, the police came
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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.
Synonyms
2 [with object] Bring together and take in from scattered places or sources: information that we have gathered about people
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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.
2.1 (gather something up) Pick something up: I gathered up the prescription and went to the door
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  • Vaguely recognising a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, I gathered them up clumsily and joined the queue towards the cash-register.
  • We gathered the cat back up and walked back to its apartment.
  • I had to gather it up and wash and bleach it to get the muddy paw prints out of the sheets.
2.2 (gather something in) Harvest grain or other crops: the harvest of wheat and barley had been gathered in
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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.
2.3 [no object] Collect plants, fruits, etc., for food: the Bushmen live by hunting and gathering
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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.
Synonyms
harvest, collect, reap, pick, pluck, garner, crop, glean
3 [with object] Increase in (speed, force, etc.): the destroyer gathered speed
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  • Colliding with shorter broken lines along the way, each element seems to gather energy and speed in a display of centrifugal force.
  • Smoke twisted from the jaws of the stack, the big wheel turned, slowly at first, gathering momentum and speed.
  • The desire for speed gathered momentum in the twentieth century as America's strategic obligations broadened across the globe.
4 [with object] Infer; understand: [with clause]: I gathered that they were old friends
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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.
Synonyms
understand, be given to understand, believe, be led to believe, think, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, assume, surmise, fancy; take it, hear, hear tell, be informed, notice, see, learn, discover
5 [with object] Summon up (a mental or physical attribute) for a purpose: she lay gathering her 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.
Synonyms
summon, summon up, call together, bring together, assemble, convene, rally, round up; collect, muster, marshal, organize
formal convoke
5.1Gain or recover (one’s breath): she paused to gather her breath and leaned against the wall puffing
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  • I suspect that, if I get to look back on it at the end of the decade, this will seem to have been a year for gathering breath and gaining strength, a pause in the unwritten plan.
  • It must have the stamina to sing with only short pauses to gather breath, and its notes must be loud and clear.
  • She paused a moment to gather breath as she felt dizzy from using her powers.
6 [with object] Pull (someone) into one’s arms: 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.
Synonyms
clasp, clutch, take, pull, embrace, enfold, hold, hug, cuddle, squeeze
literary embosom
archaic strain
6.1Pull (clothing) more tightly around one’s body.
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  • I gather my shawl more tightly around me and revel in the combination of warm days and cool evenings.
  • Women in Oman wear very colorful dresses over loose-fitting pants that are gathered tightly at the ankles.
  • Quickly, he pulled up his cloak which was hanging from his body and gathered it behind him.
7 [with object] Draw 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.
Synonyms

noun

(gathers) Back to top  
A part of a garment that is gathered.
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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.

Origin

Old English gaderian, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch gaderen, also to together.

Phrases

gather way

(Of a ship) begin to move: slowly the two tugs gathered way
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  • 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.

Derivatives

gatherer

noun
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  • ‘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.

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