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
  1. verb
    assemble or get together
    synonyms: collect, gather, pull together
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    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
    glean
    to collect or gather bit by bit, especially information
    whelk
    gather whelk
    cut
    reap or harvest
    mushroom
    pick or gather mushrooms
    berry
    pick or gather berries
  2. verb
    store grain
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    type of:
    store
    find a place for and put away for storage
  3. verb
    acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
    synonyms: earn
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    types:
    letter
    win an athletic letter
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  4. noun
    a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
    synonyms: granary
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    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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