gather

Gather is a verb with a many related meanings, most involving drawing together or assembling something. You may gather your socks into the laundry bag, or you may gather your thoughts by making a list.

Gather often is used to describe bringing people together for some purpose, like the students who gather in the hallway awaiting an announcement. Gather can also refer to an increase or gain, like when you gather speed and go faster on your bike. Gather can describe coming to a conclusion or an understanding. After listening to your brother's comments and watching him pack up his video games, you may gather that he isn't going to be around for dinner.

Primary Meanings of gather

1.
vn
assemble or get together
the act of gathering something
2.
vn
draw and bring closer
sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
3.
v
increase or develop
4.
v
conclude from evidence
Full Definitions of gather
1

v assemble or get together

gather some stones”
Synonyms:
collect, garner, pull together
Antonyms:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely
Types:
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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 get people together

gather the close family members”
Synonyms:
assemble, get together
Types:
make
form by assembling individuals or constituents

v collect in one place

“Let's gather in the dining room”
Synonyms:
assemble, foregather, forgather, meet
come across, encounter, meet, run across, run into, see
come together
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aggroup, group
form a group or group together
meet
meet by design; be present at the arrival of
congregate
come together, usually for a purpose
hive
move together in a hive or as if in a hive
fort, fort up
gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
convene
meet formally
clump, cluster, constellate, flock
come together as in a cluster or flock
crowd, crowd together
to gather together in large numbers
converge
move or draw together at a certain location
turn out
come and gather for a public event
caucus
meet to select a candidate or promote a policy
club
gather and spend time together
team, team up
form a team
embed
attach to, as a journalist to a military unit when reporting on a war
gang, gang up
act as an organized group
pool
join or form a pool of people
brigade
form or unite into a brigade
meet up with
meet with by appointment
mass
join together into a mass or collect or form a mass
reconvene
meet again
sit
be in session
huddle, huddle together
crowd or draw together
bunch, bunch together, bunch up
form into a bunch
overcrowd
crowd together too much
pour, pullulate, stream, swarm, teem
move in large numbers
herd
move together, like a herd
concentrate
draw together or meet in one common center
jam, mob, pack, pile, throng
press tightly together or cram
Type of:
interact
act together or towards others or with others

v collect or gather

Synonyms:
accumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, pile up
Types:
backlog
accumulate and create a backlog
accrete
grow or become attached by accretion
drift
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v look for (food) in nature

“Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall”
Types:
shell
look for and collect shells by the seashore
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

n the act of gathering something

Synonyms:
gathering
Types:
centralisation, centralization
gathering to a center
harvest, harvest home, harvesting
the gathering of a ripened crop
haying
the harvesting of hay
Type of:
aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection
the act of gathering something together
2

v draw and bring closer

“she gathered her shawl around her shoulders”
Type of:
pull
apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

v draw together into folds or puckers

Synonyms:
pucker, tuck
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

n sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

Synonyms:
gathering
Type of:
sewing, stitchery
needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
3

v increase or develop

“the car gathers speed”
Synonyms:
gain
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount
4

v conclude from evidence

“I gather you have not done your homework”
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

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