assemble

verb
as·​sem·​ble | \ə-ˈsem-bəl \
assembled; assembling\ -​b(ə-​)liŋ \

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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The protesters began assembling even before Air Force One touched down outside London on Thursday. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Still, confirming the implications of the event beneath the Polar ice became a massive task of assembling observations and evidence. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Rogozin tweeted that the fast-track approach will be used in the future for assembling spacecraft in orbit for missions into deep space. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Russian cargo ship makes fastest-ever trip to space station," 10 July 2018 Undeterred, Bethlehem Steel sent submarine parts to an assembling plant in Montreal ostensibly for humanitarian rebuilding efforts—and American steel started leaking into the Allied war effort. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Director Michael Stevenson, who is Capital Stage’s producing artistic director, has assembled a talented quartet of actors who shine with comic timing, pregnant pauses and at times startling physical humor. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Thanksgiving Play’ gone off the rails? That’s the genius in Capital Stage's comedy," 5 July 2018 So the study team assembled a database of skull and teeth dimensions for the four living genera of gibbons, using lasers to measure a total of 789 teeth from 279 individuals, as well as 477 skulls. National Geographic, "Ancient Royal Tomb Yields Strange New Ape Species," 21 June 2018 These guys can assemble a ceiling fan in under 11 seconds. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "These maintenance men can fix a toilet in 12 seconds flat, and they're out to compete," 14 June 2018 So, in order to solve his clearance-rate problem, the diligent police chief assembled a task force to work day and night to figure out this unsolved mystery and ... Michael Harriot, The Root, "Police Framed 16-Year-Old for Burglaries to Boost Crime Stats: Prosecutors," 12 June 2018

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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 \
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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