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"gather" in British English

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gatherverb

uk   /ˈɡæð.ər/  us   /ˈɡæð.ɚ/
  • gather verb (COLLECT)

B2 [T] to ​collect several things, often from different ​places or ​people: I went to several ​libraries to gather ​information about the ​plans. We gathered ​blueberries from the ​bushes. She gathered up the ​newspapers that were ​scattered around the ​floor. We gathered ​our things together and ​leftquickly.
[T + adv/prep] to put ​yourarms around someone and ​hold or ​carry them in a ​careful or ​loving way: He gathered her in his ​arms and ​kissed her. She gathered the ​children up and ​hurried into the ​house.
gather speed, strength, momentum, etc.
C1 to ​becomefaster, ​stronger, etc.: The ​bicycle gathered ​speed as it went down the ​hill. Economic ​recovery is gathering ​pace.
gather (up) strength/courage
to ​prepare to make a ​greateffort to be ​strong or ​brave: I ​spent a ​week gathering the ​courage to say no.

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  • gather verb (COME TOGETHER)

B2 [I] When ​people or ​animals gather, they come together in a ​group: A ​crowd had gathered to ​hear her ​speak. Gather round, ​children, and I'll ​tell you a ​story.
[I] literary to get ​thicker and ​closer: Storm clouds were gathering.

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gathernoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈɡæð.ər/  us   /ˈɡæð.ɚ/
(Definition of gather from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gatherverb

  • gather verb (COLLECT)

 us   /ˈɡæð·ər/ [T] to ​collect or ​obtain things, esp. from different ​places: I went to several ​libraries to gather ​information. We gathered blackberries from the ​nearbyfields.
gathers momentum/speed
If something gathers ​momentum/​speed, it ​graduallybecomesfaster or ​stronger: Pressure for ​reform of the health-care ​system is gathering ​momentum.
  • gather verb (COME TOGETHER)

 us   /ˈɡæð·ər/ [I] (of ​people or ​animals) to come together in a ​group: A ​crowd gathered to ​hear her ​speak.
  • gather verb (UNDERSTAND)

 us   /ˈɡæð·ər/ fml to ​understand or ​believe something as a ​result of something that has been said or done: [+ (that) clause] From the ​look on ​theirfaces, she gathered (that) they were ​annoyed with her.
(Definition of gather from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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