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Synonyms of 'gather'

(verb) 
Definition
to come or bring together
In the evenings, we gathered round the fire and talked.
Synonyms
congregate
People were already beginning to congregate outside the cinema.
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assemble
There was nowhere for students to assemble before classes.
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get together
This is the only forum where East and West can get together.
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collect
A crowd collected outside.
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group
We want to encourage them to group together as one big purchaser.
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meet
The commission met four times between 1988 and 1991.
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rally
He rallied his own supporters for a fight.
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flock
The crowds flocked around her.
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come together
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muster
They mustered in the open, well wrapped and saying little.
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convene
Senior officials convened in Dakar for an emergency meeting.
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converge
As they flow south, the five rivers converge.
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rendezvous
The plan was to rendezvous on Sunday afternoon.
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foregather
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to come or bring together
He called to her to gather the children together.
Synonyms
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group
The fact sheets are grouped into seven sections.
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round up
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bring together
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convene
He convened a meeting of all the managers.
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call together
Opposites
(verb) 
She started gathering up her things.
Synonyms
collect
Two young girls were collecting firewood.
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accumulate
Lead can accumulate in the body until toxic levels are reached.
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round up
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mass
Shortly after the announcement, police began to mass at the shipyard.
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heap
They were heaping up wood for a bonfire.
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bring together
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pile up
Her mail had piled up inside the front door.
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garner
His priceless collection of Chinese art was garnered over three decades.
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amass
We didn't enquire as to how she had amassed her fortune.
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stockpile
People are stockpiling food for the coming winter.
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hoard
They've begun to hoard food and gasoline.
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stack up
(verb) 
Definition
to pick or harvest (crops)
The people lived by fishing, gathering nuts and fruits, and hunting.
Synonyms
pick
He helped his mother pick fruit.
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harvest
Many farmers are refusing to harvest the sugar cane.
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pluck
I plucked a lemon from the tree.
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reap
a group of peasants reaping a harvest of fruit and vegetables
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glean
At present, we're gleaning information from all sources.
(verb) 
Definition
to increase gradually in (pace, speed, or momentum)
Storm clouds were gathering in the distance.
Synonyms
build up
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rise
I covered the dough to let it rise.
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increase
The population continues to increase.
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grow
An inoperable tumour was growing in his brain.
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develop
They allowed me to develop their original idea.
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expand
Water expands as it freezes.
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swell
The limbs swell to an enormous size.
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intensify
The conflict is almost bound to intensify.
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wax
Portugal and Spain had vast empires which waxed and waned.
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heighten
The move has heightened tension in the state.
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deepen
Sloane's uneasiness deepened.
Further job losses deepened the gloom.
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enlarge
plans to enlarge the park into a 30,000 all-seater stadium
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(verb) 
Definition
to prepare oneself for a task or challenge by collecting one's thoughts, strength, or courage
You must gather your strength for the journey.
Synonyms
muster
The general had mustered his troops north of the border.
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collect
They collected donations for a fund to help the earthquake victims.
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assemble
The assembled multitude cheered as the leaders arrived.
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summon
We couldn't even summon up the energy to open the envelope.
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call up
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marshal
The government marshalled its economic resources.
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call together
(verb) 
Definition
to learn from information given
I gather his report is highly critical of the project.
Synonyms
understand
I understand you've heard about David.
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believe
I believe you have something of mine.
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hear
He had heard that the trophy had been sold.
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learn
They learned of his military service from archive records.
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assume
It is a mistake to assume that the two are similar.
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take it
I take it you're a friend of theirs.
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conclude
We concluded that he was telling the truth.
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presume
I presume you're here on business.
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be informed
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infer
I inferred from what she said that you have not been well.
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deduce
She hoped he hadn't deduced the reason for her visit.
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surmise
She surmised that they had discovered one of the illegal streets.
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be led to believe
(verb) 
Definition
to draw (fabric) into small folds or tucks
Gather the skirt at the waist.
Synonyms
fold
He folded the paper carefully.
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tuck
Pin and tuck back pieces together with right sides facing.
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pleat
large baggy trousers, pleated at the front
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pucker
She puckered her lips and kissed him on the nose.
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shirr
(verb) 
Synonyms
enfold
He enfolded her gently in his arms.
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hold
If only he would hold her close to him.
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draw
He draws two conclusions from this.
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embrace
Penelope came forward and embraced her sister.
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hug
They hugged each other like a couple of lost children.
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clasp
Mary clasped the children to her desperately.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accumulate
Definition
to gather together in an increasing quantity
Lead can accumulate in the body until toxic levels are reached.
Synonyms
build up,
be stored,
cumulate
in the sense of amass
Definition
to accumulate or collect
We didn't enquire as to how she had amassed her fortune.
Synonyms
scrape together,
rake up,
heap up
in the sense of assume
Definition
to take to be true without proof
It is a mistake to assume that the two are similar.
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