gather

Gather is a verb with 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.

Definitions of gather
  1. verb
    assemble or get together
    gather some stones”
    synonyms: collect, garner, 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
    get people together
    gather the close family members”
    synonyms: assemble, get together
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    make
    form by assembling individuals or constituents
  3. verb
    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 or cause to 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
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    interact
    act together or towards others or with others
  4. verb
    collect or gather
    synonyms: accumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, pile up
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    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
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    increase
    become bigger or greater in amount
  5. verb
    look for (food) in nature
    “Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall”
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    shell
    look for and collect shells by the seashore
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    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  6. noun
    the act of gathering something
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    centralisation, centralization
    gathering to a center
    harvest, harvest home, harvesting
    the gathering of a ripened crop
    haying
    the harvesting of hay
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    aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection
    the act of gathering something together
  7. verb
    draw and bring closer
    “she gathered her shawl around her shoulders”
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    pull
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
  8. verb
    draw together into folds or puckers
    synonyms: pucker, tuck
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    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
  9. noun
    sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
    synonyms: gathering
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    sewing, stitchery
    needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
  10. verb
    increase or develop
    “the car gathers speed”
    synonyms: gain
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    type of:
    increase
    become bigger or greater in amount
  11. verb
    conclude from evidence
    “I gather you have not done your homework”
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    conclude, reason, reason out
    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
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