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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Recent Examples on the Web Ableson says the factory format is possible because electric vehicles are simpler to assemble than traditional internal-combustion vehicles, making automation easier. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "EV startup Arrival goes public at $5.4 billion valuation in SPAC deal," 18 Nov. 2020 Individual decisions around conservative or liberal content are secondary to how the platforms assemble themselves to maximize and monetize engagement. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization," 30 Oct. 2020 University of Louisville law professor Samuel Marcosson said if the barricades are not a direct violation of the right to assemble, there are still areas for concern. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Do the Louisville police barricades violate the right to assemble? What experts say," 23 Sep. 2020 Republican legislators and several businesses argued the Governor’s emergency orders violate the First Amendment’s right to assemble and Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection and due process guarantees. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Liberating Pennsylvania From Lockdown," 15 Sep. 2020 The other possibility would be to assemble a paper trail of communications—e-mail and correspondence with outside lenders showing that there were explicit instructions given to lower or raise the numbers. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Investigations Provide a Window Into How Trump Does Business," 29 Aug. 2020 Students have the right to freedom of speech, religion and the right to assemble peacefully, but speech and behavior that are disruptive can be prohibited, according to the 2019-2020 BCPS Student Handbook. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "Hereford petition sparks effort to ban hate symbols in Baltimore County Public Schools," 11 Aug. 2020 The narrow but only path to a successful Biden presidency will require him to recreate Lincoln’s famed team of rivals, and urgently assemble a truly exceptional, diverse and inclusive presidential team. Fortune, "Biden needs to learn from Lincoln if he wants to be a successful President," 7 Nov. 2020 Many others will have noticed that the illiberal Left could assemble for protests and riots without being in danger of punishment for violating public-health restrictions this summer. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Biden Won’t Stop the Illiberal Left," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assemble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assemble. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for assemble

assemble

verb
How to pronounce assemble (audio)

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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