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.

Primary Meanings of assembly

a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
Full Definitions of assembly

n a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose

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
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
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
(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
a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly
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
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
assembly possessing high legislative powers
Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress, United States Congress
the legislature of the United States government
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
a national legislative assembly
a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)
a legislative assembly in certain countries
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
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
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
(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

n the social act of assembling

“they demanded the right of assembly
assemblage, gathering
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
bringing together military forces
economic mobilisation, economic mobilization
mobilization of the economy
the act of mobilizing for a common purpose
a meeting planned at a certain time and place
a meeting devoted to a particular activity
socialisation, socialising, socialization, socializing
the act of meeting for social purposes
the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

n a public facility to meet for open discussion

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

n the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)

disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
Type of:
building, construction
the act of constructing something

n a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit

a unit assembled separately but designed to fit with other units in a manufactured product
an assembly of parts welded together
Type of:
any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

n a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together

Type of:
unit, whole
an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

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