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gather (v.)

Old English gadrian, gædrian "unite, agree, assemble; gather, collect, store up" (transitive and intransitive), used of flowers, thoughts, persons; from Proto-Germanic *gaduron "come or bring together, unite" (source also of Old English gæd "fellowship, companionship," gædeling "companion;" Middle Low German gadderen; Old Frisian gaderia; Dutch gaderen "to gather," gade "spouse;" German Gatte "husband;" Gothic gadiliggs), perhaps from PIE *ghedh- "to unite, join" (see good (adj.)). Change of spelling from -d- to -th- is 1500s, reflecting earlier change in pronunciation (as in  father). Related: Gathered; gathering.

gather (n.)

"plait or fold in cloth," 1660s, from gather (v.).

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Definitions of gather from WordNet
1
gather (v.)
assemble or get together;
gather some stones
Synonyms: garner / collect / pull together
gather (v.)
collect in one place;
Let's gather in the dining room
Synonyms: meet / assemble / forgather / foregather
gather (v.)
collect or gather;
Synonyms: accumulate / cumulate / conglomerate / pile up / amass
gather (v.)
conclude from evidence;
I gather you have not done your homework
gather (v.)
draw together into folds or puckers;
Synonyms: pucker / tuck
gather (v.)
get people together;
gather the close family members
Synonyms: assemble / get together
gather (v.)
draw and bring closer;
she gathered her shawl around her shoulders
gather (v.)
look for (food) in nature;
Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall
gather (v.)
increase or develop;
the car gathers speed
Synonyms: gain
2
gather (n.)
sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching;
Synonyms: gathering
gather (n.)
the act of gathering something;
Synonyms: gathering
From wordnet.princeton.edu