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Definition of assemble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assemble
    he / she / it assembles
    past simple assembled
    -ing form assembling
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  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 Thesaurusbuildconstruct assemble put something together erect put something up establishThese words all mean to make or create something, especially by putting different parts to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They're going to build a museum on the site of the old power plant.construct [often passive] (somewhat formal) to build something such as a road, building, or machineassemble (somewhat 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.put something together to make or prepare something by fitting or collecting parts together:to put together a model planeerect (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:I put up a fence so that my dog would have somewhere to exercise.establish to create an organization or place that is meant to last for a long time:President Roosevelt established the first national park at Yellowstone.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/assemble a(n) engine/machine to build/construct a road/railway/railroad/tunnel to erect/put up a tent/statue/monument/memorial
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