garner

To garner means to gather or earn. If you want to run for office without belonging to a political party, you must garner enough signatures — usually a few thousand — to get onto the ballot.

The word garner comes from the Latin granarium which means "store-house," usually for grain. The current use of the word carries with it the sense of something being stored up. It’s not only that you can gather enough yes-votes to overcome the opposition, there is the sense that all the things you have garnered have some weight of their own. In its other use, garner means “earn” or "merit." Think of movie stars garnering Oscar nominations for their excellent work.

DEFINITIONS OF: garner

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v store grain

Type of:
store
find a place for and put away for storage

v assemble or get together

Synonyms:
collect, gather, pull together
Antonyms:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely
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marshal, mobilise, mobilize, summon
make ready for action or use
rake
gather with a rake
glean, harvest, reap
gather, as of natural products
club
gather into a club-like mass
hive
gather into a hive
salvage, scavenge
collect discarded or refused material
come up, muster, muster up, rally, summon
gather or bring together
round up
seek out and bring together
cull, pick, pluck
look for and gather
nut
gather nuts
snail
gather snails
bird-nest, birdnest
gather birdnests
nest
gather nests
oyster
gather oysters, dig oysters
sponge
gather sponges, in the ocean
pearl
gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean
clam
gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
shock
collect or gather into shocks
heap up, pile up, stack up
arrange into piles or stacks
whelk
gather whelk
cut
reap or harvest
mushroom
pick or gather mushrooms
berry
pick or gather berries

v acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

Synonyms:
earn
Types:
letter
win an athletic letter
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

n a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

Synonyms:
granary
Types:
crib
a bin or granary for storing grains
corncrib
a crib for storing and drying ears of corn
Type of:
depot, entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
a depository for goods
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