assemble

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

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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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Cheney noted that Camp David was where President George W. Bush assembled his senior advisers and Cabinet officials to deliberate the response to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump's plan to host Taliban at prestigious Camp David stirred bipartisan outrage," 9 Sep. 2019 Mirkin, a chemist at Northwestern University, had been playing around with crystal-like forms, where nanoparticles assemble themselves into regular patterns. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Metal-like Bonds Discovered in Customized Crystals," 3 Sep. 2019 For the past month, the Boca Raton painter has been racing to finish his inflatable in time for the most buoyant art exhibition Broward County has ever assembled. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Giant Inflatable rainbows, yellow submarines, peace signs balloon across South Florida," 30 Aug. 2019 As the most expensively assembled side in the division, there's no excuse for a lack of energy or conviction. SI.com, "3 Problems Nathan Jones Must Solve to Save Stoke City From Championship Obscurity," 27 Aug. 2019 The United States spends $2 billion a day on the most advanced military ever assembled, with more aircraft carriers, fighter planes and nuclear submarines than any other nation. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 The United States spends $2 billion a day on the most advanced military ever assembled, with more aircraft carriers, fighter planes and nuclear submarines than any other nation. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 The school announced last week that Edsall’s team would compete as an independent next year and beyond, meaning athletic director David Benedict must quickly assemble a 2020 schedule. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Eli Thomas gets bad news, Randy Edsall names new captains, two UConn players academically ineligible," 30 July 2019 At least two dozen people were injured and 11 arrested on Saturday in an outlying district near the border with mainland China where protesters assembled despite a police ban. Matt Bradley, NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters defy police, resume rallies despite violence," 28 July 2019

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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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The first known use of assemble was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for assemble

assemble

verb

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)

assemble

verb
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

assemble

verb
as·​sem·​ble
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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