gather vs meet what difference

what is difference between gather and meet

English

Alternative forms

  • gether (obsolete or regional)

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

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

Verb

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.

Synonyms

  • (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

Translations

Noun

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

Translations

Anagrams

  • Gareth, rageth


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: mēt, IPA(key): /miːt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /mit/
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophones: meat, mete

Etymology 1

From Middle English meten, from Old English mētan (to meet, find, find out, fall in with, encounter, obtain), from Proto-West Germanic *mōtijan (to meet), from Proto-Germanic *mōtijaną (to meet), from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (to come, meet).

Verb

meet (third-person singular simple present meets, present participle meeting, simple past and past participle met)

  1. To make contact (with) while in proximity.
    1. To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
    2. To come face to face with someone by arrangement.
    3. To get acquainted with someone.
      • Captain Edward Carlisle [] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, []; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  2. (Of groups) To come together.
    1. To gather for a formal or social discussion; to hold a meeting.
      • At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    2. To come together in conflict.
    3. (sports) To play a match.
  3. To make physical or perceptual contact.
    1. To converge and finally touch or intersect.
      • Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    2. To touch or hit something while moving.
    3. To adjoin, be physically touching.
    4. (transitive) To respond to (an argument etc.) with something equally convincing; to refute.
      He met every objection to the trip with another reason I should go.
  4. To satisfy; to comply with.
  5. (intransitive) To balance or come out correct.
    • 1967, Northern Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) House of Commons Official Report
      In this instance he has chosen an accountant. I suppose that it will be possible for an accountant to make the figures meet.
  6. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer.
  7. To be mixed with, to be combined with aspects of.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 28:
      ‘I’m planning a sort of fabliau comparing this place with a fascist state,’ said Sampson, ‘sort of Animal Farm meets Arturo Ui…’
Usage notes

In the sense “come face to face with someone by arrangement”, meet is sometimes used with the preposition with. Nonetheless, some state that as a transitive verb in the context “to come together by chance or arrangement”, meet (as in meet (someone)) does not require a preposition between verb and object; the phrase meet with (someone) is deemed incorrect. See also meet with.

Derived terms
Translations

Noun

meet (plural meets)

  1. (sports) A sports competition, especially for track and field or swimming.
  2. (hunting) A gathering of riders, horses and hounds for foxhunting; a field meet for hunting.
  3. (rail transport) A meeting of two trains in opposite directions on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other cross.
    Antonym: pass
  4. (informal) A meeting.
  5. (algebra) The greatest lower bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol ∧.
    Antonym: join
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English mete, imete, from Old English ġemǣte (suitable, having the same measurements), from the Proto-Germanic *gamētijaz, *mētiz (reasonable; estimable) (cognate with Dutch meten (measure), German gemäß (suitable) etc.), itself from collective prefix *ga- + Proto-Indo-European *med- (to measure).

Alternative forms

  • mete (obsolete)

Adjective

meet (comparative meeter, superlative meetest)

  1. (archaic) Suitable; right; proper.
Derived terms
  • meetly
  • meetness
  • unmeet
  • helpmeet
Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “meet”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • meet at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • Teme, etem, mete, teem, teme

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meːt/
  • Hyphenation: meet
  • Rhymes: -eːt

Etymology 1

From Latin mēta.

Noun

meet f (plural meten, diminutive meetje n)

  1. The finish line in a competition

Etymology 2

Verb

meet

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of meten
  2. imperative of meten

Anagrams

  • mete

Latin

Verb

meet

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of meō

Middle English

Noun

meet

  1. Alternative form of mete (food)

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