Meaning of “assemble” in the English Dictionary

"assemble" in British English

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assembleverb

uk /əˈsem.bəl/ us /əˈsem.bəl/

assemble verb (GATHER)

C2 [ I or T ] to come together in a single place or bring parts together in a single group:

We assembled in the meeting room after lunch.
to assemble data
At the staff meeting, the manager told the assembled company (= everyone there) that no one would lose their job.

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  • Within hours of the tragedy happening, an emergency rescue team had been assembled.
  • He gazed once more around the room, where his entire family were assembled.
  • Over 50,000 people assembled in the main square.
  • He came out onto the balcony to speak to the crowd that had assembled outside.
  • Everyone is assembling outside the cathedral, ready for the Remembrance Day parade.

(Definition of “assemble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"assemble" in American English

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assembleverb [ I/T ]

us /əˈsem·bəl/

to bring or come together in a single group or place, or to put together the parts of something:

[ I ] When the fire alarm rings, everyone is supposed to leave the building and assemble in the schoolyard.
[ T ] Workers were earning $20 an hour assembling cars.

(Definition of “assemble” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"assemble" in Business English

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assembleverb

uk /əˈsembl/ us

[ I or T ] to come together in a single place, or bring people or things together in a single group:

We assembled in the meeting room for the announcement.
Since she took over the department, she has assembled a talented team with a varied selection of skills.
We can help you assemble all the paperwork that is necessary to make the application.

[ T ] PRODUCTION to make something by joining separate parts together:

This is where the car engines are assembled.
flatpack furniture that is easy to assemble

[ I ] MEETINGS if an organization assembles, it meets officially:

The UNESCO International Education Conference assembled in Geneva in September.

[ T ] FINANCE to collect together money, for example a loan, from different people, companies, or organizations:

The consortium has already assembled a loan of €400m-€500m from the banks.

(Definition of “assemble” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)