assemble

verb
as·​sem·​ble | \ ə-ˈsem-bəl \
assembled; assembling\ ə-​ˈsem-​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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Oshkosh has also automated part of its assembly line, but Mr. Bent said the complicated nature of the work and relatively small batches in which its vehicles are assembled mean workers are necessary for the most complicated tasks. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Defense Companies Hunt for Scarce Skilled Workers," 28 Dec. 2018 All of Inside Weather’s furniture can be assembled in 10 minutes or less. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Custom Furniture Company Promises Quick Shipping, Affordable Prices, and—Gasp—10-Minute Assembly," 6 Dec. 2018 Several of the outfits were assembled on site, and bringing the concert’s wardrobe to life was a labor of love. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Turned the Global Citizen Festival Into a Stunning Fashion Celebration of Mandela’s Legacy," 3 Dec. 2018 Since 2006, Sprinters for U.S. customers were assembled in a South Carolina plant from components shipped from Europe. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The Sprinter van is now made in the USA," 6 Sep. 2018 Initially, says Koones, modular homes were fairly basic and boxy, but over time architects, builders and factory owners have improved their methods, and nearly anything that can be built on a homesite can now be assembled first in a factory. Michele Lerner, sacbee, "Prefabs’ appeal is going up quickly," 29 June 2018 The single pole is clumsily long, but that seems preferable to a more manageable multi-piece pole set that must be assembled on site and increases the risk of losing pieces. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 2018 Hence an iPhone, which is nominally an American product that sells well in China, isn’t actually an American export to China because the phones are mostly assembled in … China. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Trump's Trade War Won't Hurt China. It Could Hurt US Tech," 27 June 2018 For any presidential candidate, assembling a campaign is tantamount to launching a multimillion-dollar startup with the hopes of finding angel investors and young, enthusiastic staffers who can make the operation hum. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Compete for Campaign Staff," 23 Dec. 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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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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