assemble

[uh-sem-buhl]

verb (used with object), as·sem·bled, as·sem·bling.

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), as·sem·bled, as·sem·bling.

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

Synonyms for assemble

Synonym study

1. See gather. 2. See manufacture.

Antonyms for assemble

1, 4. disperse.

assemblé

[French a-sahn-bley]

noun, plural as·sem·blés [French a-sahn-bley] /French a sɑ̃ˈbleɪ/. Ballet.

a jump in which the dancer throws one leg up, springs off the other, and lands with both feet together.

Origin of assemblé

< French, past participle of assembler to assemble
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assemble

verb

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 for assemble

C13: from Old French assembler, from Vulgar Latin assimulāre (unattested) to bring together, from Latin simul together

assemblé

noun

ballet a sideways leap in which the feet come together in the air in preparation for landing

Word Origin for assemblé

literally: brought together
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Word Origin and History for assemble
v.

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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