Definition of assemble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    assemble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈsembl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsembl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assemble
    BrE BrE//əˈsembl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsembl//
     
    he / she / it assembles
    BrE BrE//əˈsemblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsemblz//
     
    past simple assembled
    BrE BrE//əˈsembld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsembld//
     
    past participle assembled
    BrE BrE//əˈsembld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsembld//
     
    -ing form assembling
    BrE BrE//əˈsemblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsemblɪŋ//
     
    Manufacturing
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to come together as a group; to bring people or things together as a group All the students were asked to assemble in the main hall. She then addressed the assembled company (= all the people there). assemble something to assemble evidence/data The manager has assembled a world-class team. He tried to assemble his thoughts.
  2. 2[transitive] assemble something to fit together all the separate parts of something, for example a piece of furniture The shelves are easy to assemble. opposite disassemble Synonymsbuildconstruct assemble erect put something upThese words all mean to make something, especially by putting different parts together.build to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They’re going to build on the site of the old power station.construct [often passive] (rather formal) to build something such as a road, building or machineassemble (rather formal) to fit together all the separate parts of something such as a piece of furniture or a machine:The cupboard is easy to assemble.erect (formal) to build something; to put something in position and make it stand upright:Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back.put something up to build something or place something somewhere:They’re putting up new hotels in order to boost tourism in the area.Patterns to build/​construct/​erect/​put up a house/​wall to build/​construct/​erect/​put up some shelves to build/​construct/​erect/​put up a barrier/​fence/​shelter to build/​construct/​assemble a(n) engine/​machine to build/​construct a road/​railway/​railroad/​tunnel to erect/​put up a tent/​statue/​monument See related entries: Manufacturing
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French asembler, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ + simul ‘together’.Extra examples I’ve already begun to assemble my team for the job. The French began to assemble an army The shelves are available in kit form or fully assembled. We had assembled for the first rehearsal. a hastily assembled force of warriors the force that permits atoms to assemble into molecules She then addressed the assembled company. The company assembles vehicles for Renault and Toyota. The students were asked to assemble in the hall.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assemble