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Definition of "gather" []

  • To cause to come together; convene: The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit. (verb-transitive)
  • To accumulate (something) gradually; amass: The top of the bookshelf gathered dust. (verb-transitive)
  • To harvest or pick: gather flowers; gather wild foods. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain by a process of gradual increase: gather speed. (verb-transitive)
  • To collect into one place; assemble. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gather" in a sentence
  • "Natalie’s eyes skipped to the next blanks, where she was instructed to look through Exodus 16 and list every verse in which the word gather appeared."
  • "According to what he could gather from the conversations, this officer had been paying off the military and they had been simply waving him through each day."
  • "I think we can gather from the sudden retirements of a number of Democrats THEY feel their time in power is coming to an end."