gathering noun

1 meeting

ADJ. big, large | small | informal, private, public | illegal | family, political, religious, social

VERB + GATHERING attend, go to Women are not allowed to attend public gatherings. | have, hold, organize We're having a small family gathering to mark our wedding anniversary. | address

GATHERING + VERB take place

PREP. ~ of The prime minister addressed a gathering of local government officials.

PHRASES a gathering of the clan/clans (humorous) All the children and grandchildren are going to my parents' at Christmas for the annual gathering of the clan.

2 collecting

ADJ. information, intelligence