- gather [gath′ər]vt.[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 group2. 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 situation7. to gain or acquire gradually [to gather speed]8. to draw (cloth) on a thread loosely stitched across it into fixed folds or puckers9. to wrinkle (one's brow)10. to put (the pages or signatures of a book) in proper order for bindingvi.1. to come together; assemble [to gather for lunch]2. to form pus; come to a head, as a boil; fester3. to increase [clouds gathered]4. to become wrinkled: said of the brown.a pucker or fold made in clothSYN.- INFER——————be gathered to one's fathersto die: cf. Judg. 2:10——————gather up1. to pick up and assemble2. to draw together; make more compactgatherern.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.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.