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
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.