assembly

Use the noun assembly to refer group of people meeting up for a mutual purpose, such as a church service.

Often used to describing a gathering of people, the word assembly can also refer to putting something together, such as a machine or a piece of furniture. No matter if the individual components are people or objects, assembly implies a bringing together. You may be familiar with the term "freedom of assembly," which is considered a basic human right. It means that people are free to peacefully gather together to protest the government, to worship, to hold a public meeting . . . or even to play poker. This allows people to exchange information and pursue mutual goals.

Definitions of assembly
  1. noun
    a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
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    Spanish Inquisition
    an inquisition initiated in 1478 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain (especially from the 15th to the 17th centuries)
    Congregation of the Inquisition
    an inquisition set up in Italy in 1542 to curb the number of Protestants
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    general assembly, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature
    persons who make or amend or repeal laws
    Areopagus
    the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court)
    States General
    assembly of the estates of an entire country especially the sovereign body of the Dutch republic from 16th to 18th centuries
    chapter
    an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
    deliberative assembly
    an assembly of people for the purpose of unhurried consideration and discussion
    council
    (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
    chamber
    a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly
    Bench
    the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively
    court, judicature, tribunal
    an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
    coven
    an assembly of witches; usually 13 witches
    sabbat, witches' Sabbath
    a midnight meeting of witches to practice witchcraft and sorcery; in the Middle Ages it was supposed to be a demonic orgy
    court, court of justice, court of law, lawcourt
    a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws
    senate
    assembly possessing high legislative powers
    Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress, United States Congress
    the legislature of the United States government
    house
    an official assembly having legislative powers
    legislative council
    a unicameral legislature
    Estates General
    assembly of the estates of all France; last meeting in 1789
    General Assembly
    the supreme deliberative assembly of the United Nations
    International Court of Justice, World Court
    a court established to settle disputes between members of the United Nations
    ecumenical council
    (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline
    Constantinople, Fourth Council of Constantinople
    the council in 869 that condemned Photius who had become the patriarch of Constantinople without approval from the Vatican, thereby precipitating the schism between the eastern and western churches
    Lateran Council
    any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace
    First Council of Lyons, Lyons
    the council of the Western Church in 1245 that excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and planned a new crusade against the Holy Land
    Lyons, Second Council of Lyons
    the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic Church
    Council of Vienne, Vienne
    the council in 1311-1313 that dealt with alleged crimes of the Knights Templar, planned a new crusade, and took on the reformation of the clergy
    Constance, Council of Constance
    the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church
    Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence
    the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church
    Council of Trent
    a council of the Roman Catholic Church convened in Trento in three sessions between 1545 and 1563 to examine and condemn the teachings of Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy
    Vatican Council
    each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
    congress
    a national legislative assembly
    diet
    a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)
    parliament
    a legislative assembly in certain countries
    Duma
    a legislative body in the ruling assembly of Russia and of some other republics in the former USSR
    appeals court, appellate court, court of appeals
    a court whose jurisdiction is to review decisions of lower courts or agencies
    assizes, court of assize, court of assize and nisi prius
    the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts)
    chancery, court of chancery
    a court with jurisdiction in equity
    consistory
    a church tribunal or governing body
    criminal court
    a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases
    divorce court
    a court having jurisdiction over the termination of marriage contracts
    court of domestic relations, domestic relations court, family court
    a court in some states in the United States that has jurisdiction over family disputes (especially those involving children)
    federal court
    a court establish by the authority of a federal government
    F.I.S.C., Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
    a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies
    inferior court, lower court
    any court whose decisions can be appealed to a higher court
    Inquisition
    a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy
    juvenile court
    a court having jurisdiction over dependent and delinquent children
    kangaroo court
    an irregular unauthorized court
    military court
    a judicial court of commissioned officers for the discipline and punishment of military personnel
    moot court
    a mock court where law students argue hypothetical cases
    police court
    a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused of serious offenses
    probate court
    a court having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the administration of estates
    quarter sessions
    a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions
    Rota
    (Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts
    Star Chamber
    a former English court that became notorious for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments
    superior court
    any court that has jurisdiction above an inferior court
    high court, state supreme court, supreme court
    the highest court in most states of the United States
    traffic court
    a court that has power to prosecute for traffic offenses
    trial court
    the first court before which the facts of a case are decided
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  2. noun
    the social act of assembling
    “they demanded the right of assembly
    synonyms: assemblage, gathering
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    disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
    the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
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    mobilisation, mobilization
    act of marshaling and organizing and making ready for use or action
    calling together, convocation
    the act of convoking
    coming together, meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
    congregating, congregation
    the act of congregating
    convening, convention
    the act of convening
    concentration
    bringing together military forces
    economic mobilisation, economic mobilization
    mobilization of the economy
    rallying
    the act of mobilizing for a common purpose
    rendezvous
    a meeting planned at a certain time and place
    session
    a meeting devoted to a particular activity
    socialisation, socialising, socialization, socializing
    the act of meeting for social purposes
    visit
    the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
    visit
    the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
    visit
    the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
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    group action
    action taken by a group of people
  3. noun
    a public facility to meet for open discussion
    synonyms: forum, meeting place
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    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  4. noun
    the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
    synonyms: fabrication
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    disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
    the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
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    building, construction
    the act of constructing something
  5. noun
    a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit
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    sub-assembly
    a unit assembled separately but designed to fit with other units in a manufactured product
    weldment
    an assembly of parts welded together
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    machine
    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  6. noun
    a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together
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    unit, whole
    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
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