To cause to come together; convene: The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit. To accumulate (something) gradually; amass: The top of the bookshelf gathered dust. To harvest or pick: gather flowers; gather wild foods. To gain by a process of gradual increase: gather speed. To collect into one place; assemble. To pick up and enfold: gathered the kittens into her arms. Printing To arrange (signatures) in sequence for bookbinding. To draw into small folds or puckers, as by pulling a thread through cloth. To contract and wrinkle (the brow). To draw about or bring (one thing) closer to something else: gathered the shawl about my shoulders. To conclude; infer: I gather that a decision has not been reached. To summon up; muster: gathered up his courage. To attract or be a center of attraction for: The parade gathered a large crowd. To come together in a group; assemble: A crowd gathered in the lobby. To accumulate: Dark clouds are gathering. To grow or increase by degrees. To come to a head, as a boil; fester. To forage for wild foodstuffs. The act or an instance of gathering. A quantity gathered. A small fold or pucker made by gathering cloth.