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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 to your party.He did not respond to her greeting, and she gathered that he'd rather be alone.I gather from your accent 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
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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
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derivation: gatherer (n.)
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