to come together and form a group, or to make people do this:
come together[intransitive and transitive]
A crowd gathered to watch the fight.
Thousands of people gathered outside the embassy.
Gather round, everyone, so that you can see the screen.
During the air raids, we gathered the children around us and sang songs.
Could the bride's family all gather together for a photo?
Dozens of photographers were gathered outside Jagger's villa.
to believe that something is true because of what you have seen or heard [= understand]:
know/think[intransitive,transitive not in progressive]
You two know each other, I gather.
I gather you've had some problems with our sales department.
from what I can gather/as far as I can gather (=this is what I believe to be true)
She's his niece, from what I can gather.
to get things from different places and put them together in one place:
collect[intransitive and transitive]
The researcher's job is to gather information about people.
They had gathered 440,000 signatures to support their demand.
Debbie gathered up the clothes.
to move faster, become stronger, get more support etc:
The cart gathered speed as it coasted down the hill.
The international relief effort appears to be gathering momentum.
if something gathers dust, it is not being used:
books just gathering dust on the shelf
to pull material into small folds:
The skirt is gathered at the waist.
to pull material or a piece of clothing closer to you:
Moira gathered her skirts round her and climbed the steps.
to prepare yourself for something you are going to do, especially something difficult:
I took a few moments to gather my thoughts before going into the meeting.
to gradually become more cloudy or get darker:
Storm clouds were gathering so we hurried home.
the gathering darkness/dusk/shadows etc
the evening's gathering shadows
to take someone into your arms and hold them in order to protect them or show them love