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glean / glēn/ • v. [tr.] extract (information) from various sources: the information is gleaned from press clippings. ∎  collect gradually and bit by bit: objects gleaned from local markets. ∎  hist. gather (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest: [as n.] (gleaning) the conditions of farm workers in the 1890s made gleaning essential. DERIVATIVES: glean·er n.glean·ing n.