Gather vs Dress - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between gather and dress

is that gather is to collect; normally separate things while dress is (obsolete|reflexive|intransitive) to prepare oneself; to make ready.

As nouns the difference between gather and dress

is that gather is a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker while dress is (countable) an item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which both covers the upper part of the body and includes skirts below the waist.

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(en verb)
  • To collect; normally separate things.
  • I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
    She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
  • # Especially, to harvest food.
  • We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
  • # To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
  • Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
  • # To congregate, or assemble.
  • People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
  • #* Tennyson
  • Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
  • # To grow gradually larger by accretion.
  • #* Francis Bacon
  • Their snowball did not gather as it went.
  • To bring parts of a whole closer.
  • She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
  • # (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
  • A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
  • # (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
  • Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
  • If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
  • # (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
  • # (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
  • to gather the slack of a rope
  • To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
  • From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
    I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
  • (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
  • Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
  • (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
  • To gain; to win.
  • * Dryden
  • He gathers ground upon her in the chase.


    (en noun)
  • A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  • The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  • The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  • (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
  • Derived terms

    * gathering iron




  • (countable) An item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which both covers the upper part of the body and includes skirts below the waist.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=2 citation , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}
  • (uncountable) Apparel, clothing.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=Even in an era when individuality in dress is a cult, his clothes were noticeable. He was wearing a hard hat of the low round kind favoured by hunting men, and with it a black duffle-coat lined with white.}}
  • The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
  • A dress rehearsal.
  • Derived terms

    * dress code * dress rehearsal * dress shirt * nightdress * wedding dress


  • (obsolete, reflexive, intransitive) To prepare oneself; to make ready.
  • *:
  • *:but syr Gawayns spere brak / but sir marhaus spere helde / And therwith syre Gawayne and his hors russhed doune to the erthe / And lyghtly syre Gawayne rose on his feet / and pulled out his swerd / and dressyd hym toward syr Marhaus on foote
  • To adorn, ornament.
  • :
  • *Tennyson
  • *:dressing their hair with the white sea flower
  • *Carlyle
  • *:If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form.
  • (nautical) To ornament (a ship) by hoisting the national colours at the peak and mastheads, and setting the jack forward; when "dressed full", the signal flags and pennants are added.
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.5:
  • *:Daily she dressed him, and did the best / His grievous hurt to guarish, that she might.
  • *1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Treasure Island) :
  • *:he was deadly pale, and the blood-stained bandage round his head told that he had recently been wounded, and still more recently dressed.
  • To prepare (food) for cooking, especially by seasoning it.
  • To fit out with the necessary clothing; to clothe, put clothes on (something or someone).
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”.
  • To clothe oneself; to put on clothes.
  • :
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • Of a man, to allow the genitals to fall to one side or other of the trousers.
  • :
  • To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready.
  • :to dress''' leather or cloth;  to '''dress''' a garden;  to '''dress''' grain, by cleansing it;  in mining and metallurgy, to '''dress ores, by sorting and separating them
  • * Bible, Exodus xxx. 7
  • When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense.
  • *Dryden
  • *:three hundred horsessmoothly dressed
  • To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).
  • (military, ambitransitive) To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align. Sometimes an imperative command.
  • :to dress the ranks
  • :Right, dress !
  • To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
  • Synonyms

    * clothe * (clothe oneself) get dressed * (prepare the surface of) * bandage, put a bandage on, put a dressing on


    * strip, undress * (clothe oneself) disrobe, get undressed, strip, undress

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)




    (nb-noun-m1) (clothing) a suit (either formal wear, or leisure or sports wear )


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