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English definition of “gather”

gather

verb (CLOTH)    /ˈɡæð.ər/ US  //
[T] to pull cloth into small folds by sewing a thread through it and then pulling the thread tight: a gathered skirtKnitting and sewing [T] If you gather a piece of clothing or loose cloth about/around yourself, you pull it close to your body: She shivered, and gathered the blanket around her.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
(Definition of gather verb (CLOTH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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