- To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate."And Belgium's capital had gathered them Her beauty and her chivalry." [Byron.]"When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together." [Matt. ii. 4.]
- To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck."A rose just gathered from the stalk." [Dryden.]"Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" [Matt. vii. 16.]" Gather us from among the heathen." [Ps. cvi. 47.]
- To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up."He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor." [Prov. xxviii. 8.]"To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees." [Locke.]
- To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle." Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand In act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand." [Pope.]
- To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude."Let me say no more! Gather the sequel by that went before." [Shak.]
- To gain; to win.(Obs)"He gathers ground upon her in the chase." [Dryden.]
- [Arch] To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like.
- [Naut] To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.
Etymology: OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian gadrian, fr. gador geador, together, fr. gæd fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen to collect, G. gatte husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs a sister's son. √29. See Good, and cf. Together