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English definition of “gather”

gather

verb (COLLECT)    /ˈɡæð.ər/ US  //
B2 [T] to collect several things, often from different places or people: I went to several libraries to gather information about the scheme. We gathered blackberries from the hedgerow. She gathered up the newspapers that were scattered around the floor. We gathered our things together and left quickly.Collecting and amassing [T + adv/prep] to put your arms 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.Showing affectionTouching and feeling gather speed, strength, momentum, etc. C1 to become faster, stronger, etc.: The bicycle gathered speed as it went down the hill. Economic recovery is gathering pace.Increasing and decreasing speed of motionMaking progress and advancingBecoming better gather (up) strength/courage to prepare to make a great effort to be strong or brave: I spent a week gathering the courage to say no.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of gather verb (COLLECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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