Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring or call together into a group or whole: assembled the jury.
  • transitive v. To fit together the parts or pieces of: assemble a machine; assemble data.
  • intransitive v. To gather together; congregate. See Synonyms at gather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put together.
  • v. To gather as a group.
  • v. to translate from assembly language to machine code

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To meet or come together, as a number of individuals; to convene; to congregate.
  • intransitive v. To liken; to compare.
  • transitive v. To collect into one place or body; to bring or call together; to convene; to congregate.
  • transitive v. To collect and put together the parts of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To collect into one place or body; bring or call together; convene; congregate.
  • To fit together. See assembling, 2.
  • 3.. To join or couple, as one with another, or as in sexual intercourse.
  • To meet or come together; convene, as a number of individuals: as, “the churls assemble,” Dryden, Æneid, vii.
  • To meet in battle; fight.
  • To be similar to; resemble.
  • To liken or compare.
  • In entomology, to collect together (the males of certain moths and other insects) by exposing a female in a wire-gauze cage: an insect-collector's device.
  • n. An assembly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get people together
  • v. create by putting components or members together
  • v. collect in one place

Etymologies

Middle English assemblen, from Old French assembler, from Vulgar Latin *assimulāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin simul, together; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English assemblen, from Old French assembler ("to assemble"), from Medieval Latin assimulare ("to bring together"), from ad- + simul ("together"), from Proto-Indo-European *sōm-, *som- (“together”), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole”). Cognate with Old English samnian ("to bring together, assemble"). More at sam. (Wiktionary)

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  • People assembled themselves in the park.

    March 14, 2007