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gather

gath·er

gather

 
pronunciation:
gae thr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: gathered, gathering, gathers
definition 1: to bring together into one place or assembly.
As it began to rain, we quickly gathered all the picnic things.He gathered all his wife's friends for the surprise party.
synonyms:
assemble
antonyms:
disperse, scatter
similar words:
agglomerate, band, cluster, collect, compile, concentrate, congregate, convene, convoke, crowd, mass, rally
definition 2: to collect from various sources; amass.
The reporter gathered information for her story.
synonyms:
accumulate, amass, collect
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
agglomerate, compile, garner, group, harvest, hoard, pile up, raise
definition 3: to accumulate or build up.
The sled gathered speed as it descended the hill.The idea eventually gathered support from the public.
synonyms:
build up
similar words:
accumulate, muster
definition 4: to pick or harvest (plants or crops).
It was time to gather the crops.
synonyms:
harvest
similar words:
glean, pick, pluck, reap
definition 5: to conclude or infer.
From the look of disappointment on your face, I gather that he's not coming.He did not respond to her greeting, and she gathered that he'd rather be alone.I gather that you're not from this area.
synonyms:
conclude, reckon
similar words:
assume, deduce, deduct, derive, draw, figure, infer, understand
definition 6: to draw (someone or something) close to or around the body.
She gathered her coat around her shoulders.He gathered the weeping child in his lap.
synonyms:
wrap
similar words:
draw, pull
definition 7: to draw and pull a thread through (cloth) so as to make many small folds or puckers.
synonyms:
pucker, ruffle
similar words:
knit, pleat, purse, shirr, tuck
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to come together; assemble.
A crowd gathered at the site of the accident.
synonyms:
assemble, collect, congregate, convene
antonyms:
disperse, scatter
similar words:
band, bunch, cluster, concentrate, converge, crowd, group, mass, meet, muster, rally, swarm, throng
definition 2: to accumulate, grow, or increase gradually.
Interest in the idea gathered over the next several months.
synonyms:
accumulate
similar words:
amass, collect, grow, increase, pile up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of gathering.
synonyms:
collection, compilation, congregation
similar words:
assembly, convocation
definition 2: the number or amount gathered.
synonyms:
accumulation
similar words:
assembly, collection, harvest, mass
definition 3: the result of gathering cloth.
similar words:
pleat, pucker, ruffle, shirr
derivation: gatherer (n.)
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