"gathers" in the noun sense
1. gather, gathering
sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
2. gather, gathering
the act of gathering something
"gathers" in the verb sense
1. gather, garner, collect, pull together
assemble or get together
"gather some stones"
"pull your thoughts together"
2. meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregather
collect in one place
"We assembled in the church basement"
"Let's gather in the dining room"
3. accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass
collect or gather
"Journals are accumulating in my office"
"The work keeps piling up"
conclude from evidence
"I gather you have not done your homework"
5. gather, pucker, tuck
draw together into folds or puckers
6. assemble, gather, get together
get people together
"assemble your colleagues"
"get together all those who are interested in the project"
"gather the close family members"
draw and bring closer
"she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"
look for (food) in nature
"Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
9. gain, gather
increase or develop
"the peace movement gained momentum"
"the car gathers speed"
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