glean

Glean means to gather bit by bit, either literally or figuratively. You might glean leftover grain from a recently harvested field or glean information about new vocabulary words by hearing them used in context.

When you glean information, you sort through ideas and take what you need. Seeing a word in context lets you glean information about how it's used, for example. If you want to find treasures at a thrift shop, you’ll have to glean the good stuff out of the piles of junk. To glean a field means to walk along and see what’s left on the ground. It takes patience to glean.

Definitions of glean
  1. verb
    gather, as of natural products
    synonyms: harvest, reap
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    types:
    cut
    reap or harvest
    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  2. verb
    collect or gather bit by bit, especially information
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
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