(noun, verb)


1. sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

Similar word(s): gathering

Definition categories: man–made, sewing, stitchery

2. the act of gathering something

Similar word(s): gathering

Definition categories: act, aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection


1. assemble or get together

- gather some stones

Similar word(s): collect, garner

Definition categories: contact

2. collect in one place

- Let's gather in the dining room

Similar word(s): assemble, foregather, forgather, meet

Definition categories: social, interact

3. collect or gather

Similar word(s): accumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate

Definition categories: change, increase

4. conclude from evidence

- I gather you have not done your homework

Definition categories: communication, conclude, reason

5. draw together into folds or puckers

Similar word(s): pucker, tuck

Definition categories: contact, sew, stitch

6. get people together

- gather the close family members

Similar word(s): assemble

Definition categories: social

7. draw and bring closer

- she gathered her shawl around her shoulders

Definition categories: contact, pull

8. look for (food) in nature

- Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall

Definition categories: contact, search, seek

9. increase or develop

- the car gathers speed

Similar word(s): gain

Definition categories: change, increase

Sentences with gather as a verb:

- I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.

- She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.

- We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.

- Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.

- People gathered round as he began to tell his story.

- She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.

- A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.

- Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.

- If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.

- to gather the slack of a rope

- 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.

- Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.