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From Scots forgather, foregather (to gather up, assemble), equivalent to for- +‎ gather. Cognate with Dutch vergaderen (to assemble), German vergattern (to assemble; to assign duty).



forgather (third-person singular simple present forgathers, present participle forgathering, simple past and past participle forgathered)

  1. (intransitive) To assemble or gather together in one place, to gather up; to congregate.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “And she caught you?” “Not once, but twice.” [...] “Half-way under the dressing-table, were you?” “The second time. When we first forgathered, I was sitting on the floor with a chair round my neck.”
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 725:
      “I can tell you where to find them,’ she said, ‘with a fair degree of certainty; they foregather almost every evening about this time at a rather disreputable old pub.’
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 8:
      They found themselves obliged to forgather in Perugia, where few of them wished to be – least of all the French cardinals who would have preferred not to be in Italy at all.