From Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian (“to gather, assemble”), from Proto-Germanic *gadurōnan (“to bring together, unite, gather”), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *gadōnan (“to hold together”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰhedʰ- (“to unite, assemble, keep”). Cognate with Dutch gaderen, garen (“to gather”), Middle High German gadern (“to gather”), Old Frisian gadia (“to unite”), German begatten (“to mate”), Albanian gjedhe (“model, sample; to choose, prefer”). Compare also Old English gæd (“society, fellowship, union”). More at good.
- To collect; normally separate things.
- I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
- She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
- To bring parts of a whole closer.
- She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
- (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
- A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
- (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
- Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
- If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
- To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
- From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
- I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
- (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
- Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
- (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
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gather (plural gathers)
- A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
- The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
- The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
- (glassblowing) A piece of molten glass colected on the end of a blowpipe.
- gathering iron