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English noun: gather

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


Broader (hypernym)sewing, stitchery

2. gather (act) the act of gathering something


Broader (hypernym)aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection

Narrower (hyponym)centralisation, centralization, harvest, harvest home, harvesting

English verb: gather

1. gather (contact) assemble or get together

SamplesGather some stones.
Pull your thoughts together.

Synonymscollect, garner, pull together

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)bird-nest, birdnest, clam, club, come up, cull, glean, harvest, heap up, hive, marshal, mobilise, mobilize, muster, muster up, nest, nut, oyster, pearl, pick, pile up, pluck, rake, rally, reap, round up, salvage, scavenge, shock, snail, sponge, stack up, summon, summon

Antonymsspread, distribute

2. gather (social) collect in one place

SamplesWe assembled in the church basement.
Let's gather in the dining room.

Synonymsassemble, foregather, forgather, meet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)interact

Narrower (hyponym)aggroup, caucus, club, clump, cluster, congregate, constellate, convene, converge, crowd, crowd together, flock, fort, fort up, group, hive, meet, turn out

Verb groupcome across, encounter, meet, run across, run into, see

3. gather (change) collect or gather

SamplesJournals are accumulating in my office.
The work keeps piling up.

Synonymsaccumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, pile up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)accrete, backlog, drift

4. gather (communication) conclude from evidence

SamplesI gather you have not done your homework.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conclude, reason, reason out

5. gather (contact) draw together into folds or puckers

Synonymspucker, tuck

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)run up, sew, sew together, stitch

6. gather (social) get people together

SamplesAssemble your colleagues.
Get together all those who are interested in the project.
Gather the close family members.

ExamplesThey want to gather the prisoners

Synonymsassemble, get together

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)make

Causeassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

7. gather (contact) draw and bring closer

SamplesShe gathered her shawl around her shoulders.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pull

8. gather (contact) look for (food) in nature

SamplesOur ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)look for, search, seek

Narrower (hyponym)shell

9. gather (change) increase or develop

SamplesThe peace movement gained momentum.
The car gathers speed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

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