Definition of glean in English:



  • 1 Extract (information) from various sources.

    ‘the information is gleaned from press clippings’
    • ‘Most of her war information is gleaned from her twice-weekly phone chats with her husband.’
    • ‘The following information has been gleaned from interviews and research pertaining to the dangers of radiation.’
    • ‘Gradually I gleaned the truth from a thousand tales of mystery and woe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only scanty information could be gleaned from POWs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So what can we glean from our collection of titles?’
    • ‘Other marketing information is gleaned from forms filled out in return for free health screenings at malls.’
    • ‘Greater insights can be gleaned on how collective action is central to adaptive capacity at various scales by case-specific research.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the detail was gleaned from features and letters in this newspaper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some information can be gleaned from variation in spelling.’
    • ‘Much valuable information may again be gleaned from the internet with reference to what is required for that type of production.’
    • ‘Much has been written elsewhere about the state of the wreck itself, and more information can be gleaned from the expedition website.’
    obtain, get, take, draw, derive, extract, cull, garner, gather, reap
    select, choose, pick
    learn, find out
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    1. 1.1Collect gradually and bit by bit.
      ‘objects gleaned from local markets’
    2. 1.2historical Gather (leftover grain or other produce) 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.’
      • ‘Political correspondents tried every tactic to glean a name, but even the collective force of the media could not undo this seasoned pro.’
      • ‘After the harvest the peasants enjoyed the collective right to glean and to graze livestock on the stubble.’
      • ‘They gleaned and gathered fuel, nuts, berries, mushrooms, and acorns.’
      • ‘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.’


Late Middle English: from Old French glener, from late Latin glennare, probably of Celtic origin.