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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Recent Examples on the Web In an interview with in September 2019, Lance Fulks, general manager for assembly at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, said one of the plant’s production lines would begin work in April 2021 while the second line would begin in August 2021. Paul Gattis |, al, "Mazda Toyota won’t open on time because of coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Shipping components for laptop assembly from countries like Vietnam into China is a challenge, but getting laptops out of China to other countries like the U.S. is a bigger hurdle because of commercial flight restrictions, Ms. Kitagawa said. Agam Shah, WSJ, "CIOs Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays," 8 Apr. 2020 He was arrested in relation to the criminal intimidation of the newspaper’s reporter in 2017 and for unlawful assembly on Aug. 31 last year, the Oriental Daily said, citing unidentified people. Time, "Hong Kong Newspaper Owner Arrested on Charges of Unlawful Assembly and Intimidation," 28 Feb. 2020 In the auditorium for an all-school assembly, Seton High School celebrated its dance team that won a national title in the Medium Varsity Hip Hop competition. Alex Harrison,, "Seton High School welcomes back national champion dancers," 5 Feb. 2020 Elections would be held in October for a constitutional assembly that would begin working in November. Washington Post, "Chile is preparing to rewrite its constitution. Why are people still protesting?," 1 Feb. 2020 One day in fourth grade as 100 or so kids emptied into the hallway for an assembly, Robert Sylvester chased me, conking me with a ruler. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 When he was being prosecuted for unlawful assembly, Lee learned that the police had obtained two warrants to search his mobile phone and other electronic devices. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The Hong Kong police are using legal acrobatics to search phones," 14 Jan. 2020 No tools are required for blind assembly, and once set, the blind can be left in the elements for extended periods without any worry of damage. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best New Bowhunting Gear from the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of assembly was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assembly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce assembly (audio)

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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