General English

  • verb to bring things or people together
  • verb (especially of people) to come together in one place, or be brought together by someone
  • verb to understand from what someone has told you
  • verb to pick plants, flowers or fruit


  • verb to understand, to find out


Information & Library Science

  • verb to compile something such as information or ideas from various sources

Media Studies

  • verb to put the printed sections of a book together ready for binding

Origin & History of “gather”

Gather goes back ultimately to Germanic *gath-‘bring together, unite’ (which also produced English good). From it was derived *gadurī (source of English together), which in turn formed the basis of a verb *gadurōjan. Its offspring include middle high German gaten ‘come together’, Old Frisian gadia ‘unite’, and Old English gaderian, whence modern English gather. It also produced German gatte ‘husband, spouse’, originally ‘companion’.