Definition of garner in English:



  • 1 Gather or collect (something, especially information or approval)

    ‘the police struggled to garner sufficient evidence’
    • ‘To enter the ring though, he needed to garner the approval of the country's Constitutional Court in order to begin what will be the battle of all election battles.’
    • ‘It's an idea that seems to be garnering preliminary approval from outdoor professionals who must log time picking up after careless campers.’
    • ‘He said information garnered by the expert would be used to help police complete a full facial reconstruction.’
    • ‘We hope it garners a wealth of information for everyone.’
    • ‘Any woman scientist who garners the slightest approval from the field or the public wins my respect and admiration, if only because I know how hard it is.’
    • ‘Consequently, it is able to garner information that is still fresh in a respondent's mind.’
    • ‘However, whether the title will garner the approval of North American gamers remains to be seen.’
    • ‘In addition to a long list of professional associations, meetings have been held with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Mayo Clinic to share information and garner support.’
    • ‘This film garnered nominations and awards for its humanizing portrait of what some might consider an inhuman criminal.’
    • ‘The prosecutor's office chose to ignore the fact that both of them used the equipment to garner information that by any stretch of the imagination is of great public interest in fighting corruption.’
    • ‘The movie does have its moments, and will most likely garner some critical praise just for being what it is.’
    • ‘To garner evidence of anti-social behaviour, the council undertakes covert surveillance.’
    • ‘Cynics dismissed the collection, which garnered a lot of attention in the literary pages, as a publishing gimmick.’
    • ‘Their identity is known, but the public has been urged to come forward and help the authorities garner enough evidence to persuade local magistrates to impose tough anti-social behaviour orders upon them.’
    • ‘Some palm readers might go through a client's purse or have an accomplice do so, in order to garner information about the client.’
    • ‘The idea of informers and agents is to garner information to save lives.’
    • ‘The Nigerian film industry has garnered much attention over the past few years.’
    • ‘Today this collection has garnered international standing for her museum.’
    • ‘However, at the very least, one can garner background information of what might have influenced the empiricists through the doctrine of skepsis.’
    • ‘The film was given a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, garnering much praise.’
    gather, collect, accumulate, amass, assemble
    store, lay up, lay by, put away, stow away, hoard, stockpile, reserve, save, preserve
    stash away
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    1. 1.1archaic Store; deposit.
      ‘the crop was ready to be reaped and garnered’
      • ‘The plot has to be ploughed and partitioned, watered and made ready for the sowing; and then the sprouts have to be fostered and guarded into maturity until the crop ripens and can be collected and garnered in the granary.’
      • ‘From a certain time in September it suddenly-in fact quite discontinuously- starts to rise, probably remains at a high level for some weeks, and gradually declines, reaching zero towards the end of October, when potatoes have been picked and garnered.’
      store, stow, pack, load, cache, hide, conceal, secrete
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  • A storehouse; a granary.

    • ‘The upper floor also contains garners for storing unmalted and malted grain.’


Middle English (originally as a noun meaning granary): from Old French gernier, from Latin granarium granary from granum grain.