gather vs gathering what difference

what is difference between gather and gathering


Alternative forms

  • gether (obsolete or regional)


From Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian (to gather, assemble), from Proto-West Germanic *gadurōn (to bring together, unite, gather), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (to unite, assemble, keep).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡæðə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡæðɚ/
  • Rhymes: -æðə(ɹ)


gather (third-person singular simple present gathers, present participle gathering, simple past and past participle gathered)

  1. To collect; normally separate things.
    1. Especially, to harvest food.
    2. To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
    3. (intransitive) To congregate, or assemble.
      • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Tears
        Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
    4. (intransitive) To grow gradually larger by accretion.
      • Their snow-ball did not gather as it went.
  2. To bring parts of a whole closer.
    1. (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
    2. (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
    3. (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
    4. (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
  3. To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
  4. (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
  5. (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
  6. To gain; to win.


  • (to bring together): aggroup, togetherize; see also Thesaurus:round up
    (—to accumulate over time): accrue, add up; see also Thesaurus:accumulate
    (—to congregate): assemble, begather; see also Thesaurus:assemble

Derived terms



gather (plural gathers)

  1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  2. The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  3. The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  4. (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
  5. A gathering.
    • 2007, John Barnes, The Sky So Big and Black (Tor Books, →ISBN):
      “I’ll tell you all about it at the Gather, win or lose.”
    • 2014, Paul Lederer, Dark Angel Riding (Open Road Media, →ISBN):
      What bothered him more, he thought as he started Washoe southward, was Spikes’s animosity, the bearded man’s sudden violent reaction to his arrival at the gather.

Derived terms

  • gathering iron



  • Gareth, rageth



  • IPA(key): /ˈɡæ.ðə.ɹɪŋ/

Etymology 1

From Middle English gadering, from Old English gaderung (gathering, assembly), equivalent to gather +‎ -ing (verbal noun ending).


gathering (plural gatherings)

  1. A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
  2. A group of people or things.
  3. (bookbinding) A section, a group of bifolios, or sheets of paper, stacked together and folded in half.
  4. A charitable contribution; a collection.
  5. (medicine) A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.

Further reading

  • gathering on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Section (bookbinding) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

From Middle English gaderynge, equivalent to gather +‎ -ing (present participle ending).



  1. present participle of gather


gathering (not comparable)

  1. That gathers together
Derived terms
  • data-gathering
  • evidence-gathering


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