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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The petition asks that the board apologize to families for what happened and discipline the teachers who mandated that students go to the assembly. NBC News, 9 Feb. 2022 Parliament recently raised the penalties for violence committed against health workers, and Dr. Koca appealed to the assembly in December to consider salaries and other rights of health sector workers. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 Digital twins offer an excellent opportunity for companies to digitally integrate their entire operations from design and engineering to assembly and service with their customers in an improved way. Mark Minevich, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Together, the five women form a faction called 355 — a nod to the assembly of female spies that united during the American Revolution. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 These include the rule of law, security and safety, religious liberty, and the rights to assembly, expression, movement and personal relationships. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Appointed to the assembly in February, Paul has served in the role for most of the year. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Nov. 2021 If Haney was elected to the assembly, Breed could appoint a more moderate ally as his successor. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 The square had earlier been cleared of protesters, raising concerns over whether their right to assembly was violated in favor of Trump's photo op. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 18 July 2021 See More

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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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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 United States Constitution protects the right of assembly.
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 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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