Meaning of “assembly” in the English Dictionary

"assembly" in British English

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assemblynoun

uk /əˈsem.bli/ us /əˈsem.bli/

assembly noun (MEETING)

C2 [ C ] a group of people, especially one that meets regularly for a particular purpose, such as government, or, more generally, the process of coming together, or the state of being together:

the United Nations General Assembly
She has been tipped as a future member of the Welsh Assembly.
Assembly US

one of the two parts of the government that makes laws in many US States:

the New York Assembly
The Senate and the Assembly put aside political differences to pass the aid package.

[ C or U ] a meeting in a school of several classes, usually at the beginning of the school day, to give information or to say prayers together:

All pupils are expected to attend school assembly.
There's a religious assembly every morning.

More examples

  • Everyone would go into the hall for assembly and then afterwards we'd go to our respective classes.
  • He is an elected member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
  • Are you in favour of setting up regional assemblies to legislate on local matters?
  • If you don't organize the demonstration properly the police will say it's an illegal assembly.
  • We have an assembly for the whole college three times a term, with class and group assemblies once a week.

assembly noun (JOINING)

C2 [ U ] the process of putting together the parts of a machine or structure

[ C ] specialized engineering the structure produced by this process:

The frame needs to be strong enough to support the engine assembly.

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

"assembly" in American English

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assemblynoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈsem·bli/

assembly noun [ C/U ] (GATHERING)

a group of people, esp. one gathered together regularly for a particular purpose

In the US, an assembly is one of the two parts of the government in many states that makes laws:

[ C ] The state assembly will vote on a death penalty bill next week.

An assembly in a school is a gathering of several classes for a group activity that is usually educational.

assembly noun [ C/U ] (JOINING)

the process of putting together the parts of a machine or structure, or the thing produced by this process

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

"assembly" in Business English

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assemblynoun

uk /əˈsembli/ us

[ U ] PRODUCTION the process of putting together the parts of a machine or structure:

Full assembly instructions are provided with these easy-to-build desk units.
car assembly
The assembly of the circuit boards is done in China.
See also

[ C ] plural assemblies often Assembly MEETINGS, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS a group of people that meets for a particular purpose, especially to govern, make laws, or discuss political questions:

The mayor's powers are deliberately designed to outweigh those of the London Assembly.
The United Nations General Assembly meets later this week.

[ C ] plural assemblies also Assembly LAW, GOVERNMENT one of the two parts of the government that makes laws in many US states:

The existing measure needs Assembly approval before it becomes law.

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