Definition of assemble in US English:



  • 1no object (of people) gather together in one place for a common purpose.

    ‘a crowd had assembled outside the gates’
    • ‘The next day a crowd began surrounding the hall until as many as three thousand persons assembled outside.’
    • ‘This is taken before the rally, when the crowd is starting to assemble.’
    • ‘Every evening at about seven-thirty crowds began assembling outside the General Post Office to watch the departure of the Royal Mail coaches.’
    • ‘The crowd assembles for the auction with hands firmly in pockets.’
    • ‘Another 5,000 worshippers can assemble outside the church building.’
    • ‘A very large crowd assembled on the square to see the ceremony.’
    • ‘Around 50 women assembled outside the theatre and shouted slogans against the film, which was being screened at the theatre for the past 10 weeks.’
    • ‘A posse of students assembled in the gallery outside the music room.’
    • ‘On Sunday the crowd assembled again, for another demonstration.’
    • ‘A large crowd assembled in front of the teashop.’
    • ‘As darkness fell, police scuffled with some of the several hundred demonstrators who assembled outside the palace.’
    • ‘A very large number assembled outside the church and took part.’
    • ‘My team assembled outside the testing room at about a quarter to, so I hurried over to keep them from waiting too long.’
    • ‘Most of the rest of the passengers assembled outside at the beginning of the platform, waiting for the general boarding call.’
    • ‘He gazed out into the sun-bathed crowd assembled in front of the stand in the clearing in Donadea forest.’
    • ‘Please have the employees assemble in the area outside the building and I will explain this rare phenomenon to them.’
    • ‘The young people go to the individual's neighborhood, put up posters describing the crimes and then assemble outside his house.’
    • ‘At the end, it said: ‘a large crowd assembled outside the church to see her departure.’’
    • ‘Later, the actors assembled outside the court.’
    • ‘A tremendous crowd assembled outside the French Embassy shortly after the news was made known.’
    come together, get together, gather, collect, meet, muster, rally, congregate, convene, flock together
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    1. 1.1with object Bring (people or things) together for a common purpose.
      ‘he assembled the surviving members of the group for a tour’
      • ‘She lives with her daughter and together they have assembled the world's premier collection of housecoats and caftans.’
      • ‘Most approaches to teaching portfolios define them as a collection of materials, assembled by a faculty member, that document or reflect teaching performance.’
      • ‘‘What I have said to people is, over the coming weeks and months we will assemble this evidence and then we will give it to people,’ he told Sky News.’
      • ‘It is clear from the affidavits of counsel who appeared for the appellant at his trial that considerable efforts were made to assemble expert evidence for the defence.’
      • ‘One needs courage to go on assembling the evidence in the face of the risk that such accusations may turn out to be well-founded and the discipline's subject-matter may evaporate.’
      • ‘It would take another eight years for the FBI to assemble the evidence to accuse him as a counterspy and place him under arrest.’
      • ‘We have surely assembled enough evidence about the slush pile.’
      • ‘Their methods were, however, relatively unsophisticated: the point was to assemble a mountain of evidence that would serve as a bulwark against their enemies.’
      • ‘If such comparative evidence could be assembled, it would probably support the traditional view of a higher concentration of such companies in the South.’
      • ‘In the past, the police waited before making arrests until at or near the point of a terrorist attack, so that they could assemble enough evidence to make the case stand up in court.’
      • ‘We pay the gardaí, not very much, to assemble evidence so that people accused of crimes might be tried in our courts.’
      • ‘Despite seemingly convincing evidence, his expensively assembled defence team secured a not guilty verdict.’
      • ‘And even when they are stirred into action, it then takes a further ten minutes to assemble them all together.’
      • ‘A task force of diverse administrators, faculty members and alumni was assembled to research the problem and propose solutions.’
      • ‘Director David C. Thomas assembles the surviving members of the group to tell their story, and remarkably has a treasure trove of home movies, concert and TV footage to illustrate every stage of the group's existence.’
      • ‘In fact, he jokes, if the city really wants to build a courthouse that won't go over budget, it should let him assemble a construction crew of young offenders.’
      • ‘Then we come to the new boys, on whom no jury has yet assembled enough evidence to make a decisive case in whatever direction.’
      • ‘We want to continue this investigation to a point at which we have assembled the kind of evidence that we believe provides the basis for prosecution.’
      • ‘A Fundraising committee was also assembled and new members are more than welcome to join.’
      • ‘‘A large and growing body of evidence has been assembled effectively pointing to her innocence,’ he claimed.’
      bring together, get together, call together, gather, collect, round up, marshal, muster, summon, rally, convene, accumulate, mass, amass
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    2. 1.2usually as noun assemblingEntomology (of male moths) gather for mating in response to a pheromone released by a female.
  • 2with object Fit together the separate component parts of (a machine or other object)

    ‘a factory that assembled parts for trucks’
    • ‘Then he started drawing on file board paper by cutting, shaping and assembling them into a complete automobile.’
    • ‘Since the mid-1980s, Costa Rica has become a center for factories that assemble garments, electronic components, and other goods for export.’
    • ‘These appear to be special designs or component parts for assembling such designs.’
    • ‘The engines are assembled and tested at upgraded facilities at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.’
    • ‘Instead the wearer will buy them flatpacked from a vending machine and assemble them instantly with a deft bit of folding, tucking and the odd tug on a cord.’
    • ‘Also, it can wait for a customer's order before assembling a machine, which means it can operate with an extraordinarily lean production system.’
    • ‘He built his own cars, assembled his own engines, tuned them, and drove them.’
    • ‘Here you'd have to assemble your own wheels from piles of valves, tyres, rims and hub caps.’
    • ‘The efficient causes were the blueprints drawn by engineers and the labor of men and machines that actually assembled the physical materials and put them into place.’
    • ‘The technique involved in creating the art is more akin to assembling a model kit than painting an artwork.’
    • ‘Together they will painstakingly assemble the kayak, which will eventually become part of a teaching exhibit at Glenbow.’
    • ‘Clean the top of the sink, then, if necessary, assemble the new faucet according to the manufacturer's instructions.’
    • ‘The first phase of the project revolved around infrastructure and assembling the machine.’
    • ‘About 200 workers, mostly women, sit at the machines in clusters assembling khaki pants.’
    • ‘The only problems I had in assembling the brake rigging and other parts was the tight fit of the tabs into their slots due to being painted.’
    • ‘He couldn't figure out how to assemble an engine of the magnitude he needed, so he'd have to steal a working model from the museum.’
    • ‘She is assembling electrical components, placing round parts into small square boxes on her kitchen table.’
    • ‘She had never actually assembled the machine but there were four similar parts that she was dealing with.’
    • ‘For over half a century, kits have been sold that enable military history buffs to assemble scale models of military ships, aircraft and vehicles.’
    • ‘She had helped him assemble a massive machine in their underground warehouse of a lab over the past six months, and finally it was ready.’
    construct, build, fabricate, manufacture, erect, set up, join up, fit together, put together, piece together, connect, join, unite, patch up, sew, sew up
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  • 3Computing
    with object Translate (a program) from a higher-level programming language into machine code.

    ‘assemble the program and produce a file suitable to input to the simulator’
    • ‘Sequences were verified manually and contigs were assembled using the computer program Sequencer v 4.0.’
    • ‘Now that I had assembled the software, I created the compressed filesystem.’
    • ‘We plan to assemble a program that combines the method described here with a kinematics method to permit fulltime operation.’
    • ‘At high speeds, assembling each byte correctly in reference to the clock becomes more difficult, particularly for parallel connections where the clock is running on a separate line.’
    • ‘From that it creates program code it can then assemble into executable machine code.’


Middle English: from Old French asembler, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ + simul ‘together’.