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verb (used with object), as·sem·bled, as·sem·bling.
  1. to bring together or gather into one place, company, body, or whole.
  2. to put or fit together; put together the parts of: to assemble information for a report; to assemble a toy from a kit.
  3. Computers. compile(def 4).
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verb (used without object), as·sem·bled, as·sem·bling.
  1. to come together; gather; meet: We assembled in the auditorium.
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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.
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Related Words for assembling

amass, gather, summon, collect, mobilize, convene, meet, manufacture, join, fit, form, construct, compile, produce, erect, capture, huddle, group, muster, unite

Examples from the Web for assembling

Contemporary Examples of assembling

Historical Examples of assembling

  • The assembling of the crew of a merchantman, in that day, was a melancholy sight.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • As they were assembling for breakfast on this morning, Arthur came in.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • We were alone then, too; being there before the usual hour of assembling.

  • Didn't you know that the hour for assembling was ten o'clock?'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • The method of assembling the boiler is pictured clearly in Fig. 49.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

British Dictionary definitions for assembling


  1. to come or bring together; collect or congregate
  2. to fit or join together (the parts of something, such as a machine)to assemble the parts of a kit
  3. to run (a computer program) that converts a set of symbolic data, usually in the form of specific single-step instructions, into machine language
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Word Origin for assemble

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


  1. ballet a sideways leap in which the feet come together in the air in preparation for landing
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Word Origin for assemblé

literally: brought together
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Word Origin and History for assembling



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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