gather [gath′ər]
[ME gaderen < OE gad(e)rian, akin to OFris gaduria, Du gaderen < IE base * ghedh-, to unite, join > (TO)GETHER, GOOD, Ger gatte, spouse]
1. to cause to come together in one place or group
2. to get or collect gradually from various places, sources, etc.; amass; accumulate [to gather information]
3. to bring close [to gather a blanket about one's legs]
4. to pick, pluck, or collect by picking; harvest [to gather crops]
5. to get as an idea or impression; infer; conclude [I gather that you disagree]
6. to prepare to collect (oneself, one's energies) to meet a situation
7. to gain or acquire gradually [to gather speed]
8. to draw (cloth) on a thread loosely stitched across it into fixed folds or puckers
9. to wrinkle (one's brow)
10. to put (the pages or signatures of a book) in proper order for binding
1. to come together; assemble [to gather for lunch]
2. to form pus; come to a head, as a boil; fester
3. to increase [clouds gathered]
4. to become wrinkled: said of the brow
a pucker or fold made in cloth
be gathered to one's fathers
to die: cf. Judg. 2:10
gather up
1. to pick up and assemble
2. to draw together; make more compact
SYN.- GATHER is the general term for a bringing or coming together [to gather scattered objects, people gathered at the corners ]; COLLECT1 usually implies careful choice in gathering from various sources, a bringing into an orderly arrangement, etc. [he collects coins ]; ASSEMBLE applies especially to the gathering together of persons for some special purpose [assemble the students in the auditorium ]; MUSTER applies to a formal assembling, especially of troops for inspection, roll call, etc.

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