as·​sem·​bly | \ ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce assembly (audio) \
plural assemblies

Definition of assembly

1 : a company of persons gathered for deliberation and legislation, worship, or entertainment an assembly of religious leaders
2 capitalized : a legislative body specifically : the lower house of a legislature
3 : a meeting of a student body and usually faculty for administrative, educational, or recreational purposes A school assembly was held in the auditorium.
4a : assemblage sense 1 an assembly of well-wishers
b : assemblage sense 2 a place of public assembly
5 : a signal for troops to assemble or fall in
6a : the fitting together of manufactured parts into a complete machine, structure, or unit of a machine the assembly of an automobile
b : a collection of parts so assembled
7 : the translation of assembly language to machine language by an assembler

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Examples of assembly in a Sentence

The parts are made in this factory and then shipped to another country for assembly. the New York State Assembly an assembly of armed men School assemblies were usually held in the cafeteria.
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Students have planned two mass assemblies, one in the central business district in the morning and another after school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Squeeze Access to the Airport," 1 Sep. 2019 Gordon's is the second nonfiction feature focused on Goodes' ordeal this year, following Ian Darling's archival footage assembly, The Final Quarter. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 As the prime contractor for the C-HGB, Dynetics will provide program and supplier management; procurement; assembly, integration and testing; electrical and mechanical manufacturing; and systems engineering for the prototype. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville companies land $700 million Army contracts," 30 Aug. 2019 The fourth and largest provincial assembly, in Punjab, is to convene later this week. Zarar Khan, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for the 1st time," 13 Aug. 2018 Along the way, Lillard visited Madison, Parkrose and Roosevelt multiple times — to meet with students and teachers in small groups or to speak at an assembly — and hosted holiday parties and celebrated achievement in his program. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard earns J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from Professional Basketball Writers Association," 12 June 2019 Moreland School District Superintendent Mary Kay Going joined City Librarian Jill Bourne and San Jose Vice Mayor Chappie Jones to reveal the design at a school assembly Monday. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Departing History San Jose CEO: ‘We let people tell their own stories’," 8 June 2019 The next two photos share a look at the elaborate assembly required of the ornate candelabras, while two more show the royal florists hard at work crafting the pretty floral centerpieces. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Royal Family Shares Rare Look at What Goes into Hosting a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace," 5 June 2019 Its healthy suspicion of assembly-line entertainment leads to an industrial-rock happy ending. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of assembly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assembly

Middle English assemblee, from Anglo-French, from assembler — see assemble

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English Language Learners Definition of assembly

: the act of connecting together the parts of something (such as a machine) : the act of assembling something
: a group of people who make and change laws for a government or organization
: a group of people who have gathered together


as·​sem·​bly | \ ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce assembly (audio) \
plural assemblies

Kids Definition of assembly

1 : a group of people gathered together an assembly of citizens a school assembly
2 capitalized : a group of people who make and change laws for a government or organization
3 : the act of gathering together The right of assembly is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
4 : the act of connecting together the parts of This toy requires no assembly.
5 : a collection of parts that make up a complete unit Remove the rear wheel assembly.


plural assemblies

Legal Definition of assembly

1a : a company of persons collected together in one place usually for some common purpose
b capitalized : a legislative body especially that makes up the lower house of a legislature — see also general assembly, legislative assembly
2 : the act of coming together : the condition of being assembled — see also unlawful assembly

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