Definition of glean in English:



[with object]
  • 1Obtain (information) from various sources, often with difficulty.

    ‘the information is gleaned from press cuttings’
    • ‘I use junk to fix things and glean new ideas and inspiration.’
    • ‘Much information could be gleaned from them, since in their state of sleep and partial awareness they could do little but sit, watch and wait.’
    • ‘Information was gleaned from operating reports dictated for the surgical procedures and available for review.’
    • ‘More prosaic information to be gleaned from the house-buying public includes the statistic that 71% of couples say that buying a house is a joint decision.’
    • ‘Much information is gleaned from secondary sources or has been covered in more detail elsewhere by previous authors.’
    • ‘Although returns from individual sector funds will be hard to predict using a benchmark's historical performance, there is valuable information to be gleaned from the way the overall sector moves.’
    • ‘Most of her war information is gleaned from her twice-weekly phone chats with her husband.’
    • ‘That data was gleaned and resold by the agencies to news media, market researchers and other retailers.’
    • ‘Gradually I gleaned the truth from a thousand tales of mystery and woe.’
    • ‘The following information has been gleaned from interviews and research pertaining to the dangers of radiation.’
    • ‘Some information can be gleaned from variation in spelling.’
    • ‘So what can we glean from our collection of titles?’
    • ‘In another area of the wireless industry, privacy advocates have emphasized the potential for misuse of the location information that can be gleaned from cell phone signals.’
    • ‘Greater insights can be gleaned on how collective action is central to adaptive capacity at various scales by case-specific research.’
    • ‘These learning modules use simple, easy-to-understand language and contain a wealth of information gleaned from various sources.’
    • ‘Much valuable information may again be gleaned from the internet with reference to what is required for that type of production.’
    • ‘Other marketing information is gleaned from forms filled out in return for free health screenings at malls.’
    • ‘Much has been written elsewhere about the state of the wreck itself, and more information can be gleaned from the expedition website.’
    • ‘Most of the detail was gleaned from features and letters in this newspaper.’
    • ‘Only scanty information could be gleaned from POWs.’
    obtain, get, take, draw, derive, extract, cull, garner, gather, reap
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    1. 1.1 Collect gradually.
      ‘objects gleaned from local markets’
  • 2historical Gather (leftover grain) after a harvest.

    ‘the conditions of farm workers in the 1890s made gleaning essential’
    • ‘They were not to glean their fields for stray grain, nor harvest the corners.’
    • ‘Nor should investors hesitate to push for a more aggressive approach if they realise there is little growth to be gleaned in the domestic market.’
    • ‘Third, commoning is a collective endeavor as depicted, for example, in the many paintings of gleaning the harvest.’
    • ‘In the open-field areas of northern France they could glean after harvest and their cattle could graze on the stubble.’
    • ‘They gleaned and gathered fuel, nuts, berries, mushrooms, and acorns.’
    • ‘After the harvest the peasants enjoyed the collective right to glean and to graze livestock on the stubble.’
    • ‘Political correspondents tried every tactic to glean a name, but even the collective force of the media could not undo this seasoned pro.’
    gather in, gather, bring in, take in
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Late Middle English: from Old French glener, from late Latin glennare, probably of Celtic origin.