Definition of gathering noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gathering

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæðərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæðərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable] a meeting of people for a particular purpose a social/family gathering a gathering of religious leaders
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of collecting something methods of information gathering
  3. Extra examples All the children and grandchildren are going to my parents’ at Christmas for the annual gathering of the clan. In some cultures, women are not allowed to attend public gatherings. The president addressed a gathering of local government officials. We all go to my parents’ at Christmas for the annual gathering of the clan. We’re having a small family gathering to mark our wedding anniversary. He was asked to speak at a gathering of religious leaders. a social/​family gathering
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