as·​sem·​ble | \ ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce assemble (audio) \
assembled; assembling\ ə-​ˈsem-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce assemble (audio) \

Definition of assemble

transitive verb

1 : to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose) They assembled a team of experts to solve the problem.
2 : to fit together the parts of assemble a new bicycle

intransitive verb

: to meet together : convene The club assembles once a month.

Choose the Right Synonym for assemble

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

Examples of assemble in a Sentence

We'll need to assemble a list of songs for the concert. She assembled all of her old photos into three albums. Hundreds of notes and letters were assembled into a book. A team of scientists was assembled to study the problem. The U.S. Constitution gives people the right to assemble peacefully. A crowd had assembled in front of the courthouse during the trial. After dinner, the men would assemble in the living room to watch the game on TV. The club assembles once a month to discuss upcoming activities. Their father helped them assemble their new bicycles in the garage. The cars are assembled on an assembly line.
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Recent Examples on the Web And when companies like Google or Samsung need smart designers and engineers to build a next-generation product, their first step is often to assemble a team of Media Lab alumni., 28 Oct. 2021 Most important is to assemble a social media feedback team that looks like your country and your customers. Alen Bubich, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 The money will help the organization assemble a team of nearly 50 people to implement the program, according to a news release. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 Even as the staff went heavy on transfers to assemble the current roster, Kentucky coaches were doing their best to return the program to the unprecedented recruiting success Calipari and Antigua built during the early years of the Calipari era. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2021 Staff was delegated to assemble white clay tabletops for the empty vinyl booths and unused dining tables in the upper dining room. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 After ensuring appropriate safety-standards have been met, our analysts unbox, assemble and use each toy, and then hand them over to several kid-testers for feedback. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 5 Nov. 2021 Best Buy has begun to sell at a few stores ahead of likely expansion, and the retailer's Geek Squad can be hired to assemble and set up bikes for a $99.99 fee, to cite only one example. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 When workers are laid off for lack of materials to assemble, then the economy suffers. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of assemble

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for assemble

Middle English, from Anglo-French assembler, from Vulgar Latin *assimulare, from Latin ad- + simul together — more at same

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“Assemble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of assemble

: to collect (things) or gather (people) into one place or group
: to meet together in one place
: to connect or put together the parts of (something, such as a toy or machine)


as·​sem·​ble | \ ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce assemble (audio) \
assembled; assembling

Kids Definition of assemble

1 : to collect in one place or group She assembled all her trophies for display.
2 : to fit together the parts of assemble a toy
3 : to meet together in one place The class assembled in the cafeteria.

Other Words from assemble

assembler noun


assembled; assembling

Legal Definition of assemble

transitive verb

: to bring or summon together into a group especially in a particular place for a particular purpose

intransitive verb

: to come or meet together in a group often formally or for a common purpose the right of the people peaceably to assembleU.S. Constitution amend. I

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