To collect from different places; assemble: gather the pieces of a puzzle; gather information. To cause to come together; convene: The teacher gathered the students around the exhibit. To draw (something or someone) closer to oneself: gathered the shawl about my shoulders; gathered the child in her arms. To draw into small folds or puckers, as by pulling a thread through cloth. To contract and wrinkle (the brow). To harvest or pick: gather crops; gather mushrooms. To conclude or infer, as from evidence: I gather a decision has not been reached. To summon up; muster: gathered up his courage. To accumulate (something) gradually; amass: The top of the bookshelf gathered dust. To attract or be the center of attraction for: The jugglers gathered a large crowd. To gain by a process of gradual increase: gather speed. To pick up or collect (molten glass) using a tool in glass blowing. 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: The truck's speed gathered on the downslope. To come to a head, as a boil; fester. To forage for wild foodstuffs. The act or an instance of gathering. Something gathered, especially: A small fold or pucker made by gathering cloth. A mass of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe or other glass-blowing tool.