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verb gather pronunciation in British English /ˈɡæðə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegathering
past tensegathered
past participlegathered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if people gather, or if someone gathers them, they come together in one place to see or do something
    A crowd gathered outside the hotel.
    Football fans gathered around the TV in the corner of the bar.
    She gathered her children and ran for shelter.
    There were 60,000 fans gathered in the stadium.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to look for and find information or documents in different places
    Our report is based on information gathered from all parts of the country.
    The police have been gathering evidence against him.
    I need to gather together our tax documents.
    1. a.
      to search for and find similar things that you need or want
      They live by gathering shellfish and snails.
      Bees were gathering pollen from the wild flowers.
  3. 3
    [transitive] if something gathers force, speed, or strength, its force, speed, or strength increases
    The train pulled away slowly, then gathered speed.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to bring things closer together, for example to protect something or to make it tidy
    Gathering her robe around her, Maria ran upstairs.
    She gathered her hair into a knot at the back of her head.
  5. 5
    [transitive] mainly spoken to believe that something is true, although no one has directly told you about it
    You’re new here, I gather.
    From what I can gather she’s madly in love with him.
    gather (that): I gather that the storm caused a power failure.
  6. 7
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make a lot of small folds in cloth
    The dress is gathered at the waist with elastic.

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