gather around

gather (a)round (someone or something)

1. To convene or assemble around a particular person or thing. All of the kids eagerly gathered around Santa Claus. Come on, fellas, gather round the campfire!
2. To cause people to convene or assemble around oneself or a particular person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "(a)round." Santa Claus gathered all of the children around himself to hand out gifts. Please gather everyone around the campfire.
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gather someone or something around (oneself)

to collect people or things around oneself; to draw someone or something to oneself. He gathered a lot of arty people around himself. She liked to gather exotic plants around herself. Grandpa gathered all the kids around and read them a story.
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gather around someone or something

to collect around someone or something. Let's all gather around her and hear her out. Please gather around the table for dinner.
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gather around

or gather round
1. To come to some place and form a group; assemble at: The cowboys gathered round the campfire.
2. To cause some people or things to come to a place; bring some people or things together around a place: We gathered the tour group around the exhibit and began our talk.
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References in classic literature ?
It was chill and dark, and all, except him, were glad to gather around the fire.
So Dorothy sat on the hearth-shelf of the big range, and the subjects of Utensia began to gather around in a large and inquisitive throng.
The Noah's arks are packed one within another, with clockwork horses harnessed to them; the soldiers, knapsack on back, are kissing their hands to the dear foolish girls, who, however, will not be left behind them; all the four-footed things gather around the elephant, who is overful of drawing-room furniture; the birds flutter their wings; the man with the scythe mows his way through the crowd; the balloons tug at their strings; the ships rock under a swell of sail, everything is getting ready for the mighty exodus into the Strand.
Zeb shook the reins to rouse the cab-horse from his stupor of amazement, for the people were beginning to gather around and stare at the strangers.
People gather around a fire during morning in Dhaka yesterday.
The 50-year-old woman banged on the bonnet of the vehicle in anger, which prompted passers-by to gather around in front of the police station.
People who gather around accident scenes delay the work of policemen and add to their stress, said Lt.
Many years later, housemother Mrs Mac encourages her girls to gather around the tree to exchange Christmas presents.
If you stand still in the water, they gather around and follow along as you swim, looking for handouts.
The lines and areas of color blur and dissolve into pale washes, and the image seems to gather around the central void.
Following a patriotic service in the chapel, residents gather around the Sentinel to enjoy summer breezes and eat the cold, sweet slices.
They will gather around the War Memorial in Riversley Park, Nun-eaton, after marching from the town hall and along Coton Road.
Sediments will gather around the roots, securing the marsh.
Aside from the pleasure of bringing pain to others, they would then gather around the disoriented victims and grab whatever they could out of, their bags and pockets.