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gather verb

1 come together in a group

ADV. quickly | around/round, together

PREP. about/around/round The boys gathered around the car. | for They are all gathering for a major conference.

2 bring people/things together

ADV. hastily, quickly She hastily gathered all her belongings together. | carefully | together, up

3 increase

ADV. quickly, rapidly The movement for reform rapidly gathered momentum. | slowly | steadily

VERB + GATHER begin to, start to As the weeks passed, Charlotte began to gather strength.