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noun American English pronunciation: assembly /əˈsembli/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a part of a government consisting of people who have been elected to make laws

    the French National Assembly

    The ruling party holds only a three-vote majority in the assembly.

    1. a.
      a group of people who have been elected in order to discuss issues and make decisions affecting a particular region

      the United Nations General Assembly

      the assembly of the Organization of American States

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or relating to an assembly

      an assembly member

      the assembly election/race

  2. 2
    [countable] a meeting of people who represent different parts of a large organization

    The trade group held its assembly in Santiago, Chile.

    1. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a regular meeting of students and teachers in a school

      All important announcements are made during morning assembly.

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a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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