I. verb (gathered; gathering) Etymology: Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian; akin to Middle High German gadern to unite — more at good Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to bring together ; collect <
tried to gather a crowd
gathered firewood
2. a. pick, harvest <
gather flowers
b. to pick up or amass as if by harvesting <
gathering ideas for the project
c. to scoop up or take up from a resting place <
gathered the child up in his arms
3. to serve as an attraction for ; accumulate <
books gathering dust
4. to effect the collection of <
gather contributions
5. a. to summon up <
gathered his courage
b. to gain by gradual increase <
gather speed
c. to prepare (as oneself) by mustering strength d. to gain or regain control of <
gathered his wits
6. to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences <
I gather that you want to leave
7. a. to pull (fabric) along a line of stitching so as to draw into puckers b. to draw about or close to something <
gathering her cloak about her
c. to bring together the parts of <
gathered her hair into a ponytail
d. to assemble (the signatures of a book) in sequence for binding e. to haul in <
the sailors gathered the sails
intransitive verb 1. a. to come together in a body b. to cluster around a focus of attraction 2. a. to swell and fill with pus b. grow, increase <
the gathering crisis
gatherer noun Synonyms: gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state <
a crowd quickly gathered
. collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement <
collected books on gardening
. assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose <
experts assembled for a conference
. congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle <
congregating under a shelter
. Synonym: see in addition infer. II. noun Date: 1555 1. something gathered: as a. a puckering in cloth made by gathering b. a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing 2. an act or instance of gathering

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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