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1Obtain (information) from various sources, often with difficulty:‘the information is gleaned from press cuttings’
obtain, get, take, draw, derive, extract, cull, garner, gather, reapselect, choose, picklearn, find outView synonyms
- ‘Most of the detail was gleaned from features and letters in this newspaper.’
- ‘That data was gleaned and resold by the agencies to news media, market researchers and other retailers.’
- ‘Much information is gleaned from secondary sources or has been covered in more detail elsewhere by previous authors.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other marketing information is gleaned from forms filled out in return for free health screenings at malls.’
- ‘The following information has been gleaned from interviews and research pertaining to the dangers of radiation.’
- ‘Much valuable information may again be gleaned from the internet with reference to what is required for that type of production.’
- ‘Greater insights can be gleaned on how collective action is central to adaptive capacity at various scales by case-specific research.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So what can we glean from our collection of titles?’
- ‘I use junk to fix things and glean new ideas and inspiration.’
- ‘These learning modules use simple, easy-to-understand language and contain a wealth of information gleaned from various sources.’
- ‘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 has been written elsewhere about the state of the wreck itself, and more information can be gleaned from the expedition website.’
- ‘Most of her war information is gleaned from her twice-weekly phone chats with her husband.’
- ‘Gradually I gleaned the truth from a thousand tales of mystery and woe.’
- ‘Some information can be gleaned from variation in spelling.’
- ‘Information was gleaned from operating reports dictated for the surgical procedures and available for review.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Only scanty information could be gleaned from POWs.’
- 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’
- ‘Political correspondents tried every tactic to glean a name, but even the collective force of the media could not undo this seasoned pro.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They were not to glean their fields for stray grain, nor harvest the corners.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French glener, from late Latin glennare, probably of Celtic origin.
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