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garner (verb) gather and store.
When you garner something you collect a lot of it and store it. Squirrels garner nuts, that is, they gather nuts and store them. When you collect information, you garner information. You garner support when you seek and succeed in getting the support of people.
- The senator, intending to contest again in the election, by appearing to work for the welfare of the colored people, hoped to garner the support of this group of voters who formed a majority in his constituency.
- His personal computer has a vast store of information which he garnered when he was a librarian in one of the universities. Now in his retirement, he spends time browsing the information.