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[uh-sem-buh l] /əˈsɛm bəl/
verb (used with object), assembled, assembling.
to bring together or gather into one place, company, body, or whole.
to put or fit together; put together the parts of:
to assemble information for a report; to assemble a toy from a kit.
Computers. compile (def 4).
verb (used without object), assembled, assembling.
to come together; gather; meet:
We assembled in the auditorium.
Origin of assemble
1200-50; Middle English < Old French assembler < Vulgar Latin *assimulāre to bring together, equivalent to Latin as- as- + simul together + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
1. convene, convoke. 2. connect. 4. congregate, convene.
1, 4. disperse.
Synonym Study
1. See gather. 2. See manufacture.


[French a-sahn-bley] /French a sɑ̃ˈbleɪ/
noun, plural assemblés
[French a-sahn-bley] /French a sɑ̃ˈbleɪ/ (Show IPA).
a jump in which the dancer throws one leg up, springs off the other, and lands with both feet together.
< French, past participle of assembler to assemble Unabridged
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  • The chief of the barbarous Saxons assembles his priests and wise men to ascertain if they will become Christians.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • Now it assembles the blossoms of a whole long year to bewilder and allure.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It assembles its elements somewhat by chance and stitches together the bits of our life; it ends only in beginnings, in attempts.

  • The Halictus knows this well and assembles in her numbers that she may work all the better.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • The English Parliament does not consult with the sovereign when it assembles to hear the address from the throne.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
  • He assembles the fathers of Goa by night, and upon what account.

  • Some chief, who is generally at the same time what is called a "medicine man," assembles the community.

  • It assembles and sets forth what had been perpetrated up to the time when it was written.

    A Straight Deal Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for assembles


to come or bring together; collect or congregate
to fit or join together (the parts of something, such as a machine): to assemble the parts of a kit
to run (a computer program) that converts a set of symbolic data, usually in the form of specific single-step instructions, into machine language
Word Origin
C13: from Old French assembler, from Vulgar Latin assimulāre (unattested) to bring together, from Latin simul together


(ballet) a sideways leap in which the feet come together in the air in preparation for landing
Word Origin
literally: brought together
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Word Origin and History for assembles



earlly 14c., transitive and intransitive, from Old French assembler "come together, join, unite; gather" (11c.), from Latin assimulare "to make like, liken, compare; copy, imitate; feign, pretend," later "to gather together," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + simulare "to make like" (see simulation). In Middle English and in Old French it also was a euphemism for "to couple sexually." Meaning "to put parts together" in manufacturing is from 1852. Related: Assembled; assembling. Assemble together is redundant.

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