as in to summon
to bring together in assembly by or as if by command we assembled the club members to decide who would be traveling with whom on the trip

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How does the verb assemble differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of assemble are collect, congregate, and gather. While all these words mean "to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit," assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose.

experts assembled for a conference

When is it sensible to use collect instead of assemble?

While in some cases nearly identical to assemble, collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement.

collected books on gardening

When can congregate be used instead of assemble?

While the synonyms congregate and assemble are close in meaning, congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle.

congregating under a shelter

In what contexts can gather take the place of assemble?

In some situations, the words gather and assemble are roughly equivalent. However, gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state.

a crowd quickly gathered

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Cite this Entry

“Assemble.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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