simal-, simil-, simul-, -semble

(Latin: same, like, alike; same time; to appear, to seem; together)

assemblage (s) (noun), assemblages (pl)
1. Any gathering of people or things; a collection.
3. A fitting together, as parts of a machine.
4. A work of art created by putting materials and objects together.
assemble (verb), assembles; assembled; assembling
1. To bring or to call together into one place; such as, a group: The judge assembled the jury to present the verdict.

The church will assemble again this Sunday evening.

2. To fit the parts or pieces of something together: Mark was assembling the data of his biology report to present to his university professor.
3. Etymology: from Old French assembler, from Latin assimulare, "to make like, to think like"; later "to gather together"; from ad-, "to" + simul, "together".
To put or to fit together.
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assembly (s) (noun), assemblies (pl)
1. A group of people gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
2. In government: a legislative body; especially, the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: "The congressman presented a bill before the assembly."
3. In the military, a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise to get organized, or the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
4. The putting together of complex machinery; such as, airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
5. A group of machine parts; especially, one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.
assembly line (s) (noun), assembly lines (pl)
An arrangement of machines and workers in a factory: "Mike works on an assembly line which has a moving track or belt, which allows a number of specialized operations that are performed in the productions of cars."
assimilable (adjective), more assimilable, most assimilable
1. Capable of becoming alike, or similar in viewpoints or understanding: The newspaper was simple enough to read and put the important information into an assimilable form.
2. A reference to being absorbable and incorporated into body tissues: Judy was interested in easily assimilable or digestible foods for her diet, so she consulted with her doctor what would be best.
assimilate (verb), assimilates; assimilated; assimilating
1. To integrate someone, or people, into another group so differences are minimized or eliminated: By studying the language of the country, the immigrants hoped to assimilate themselves into their new neighborhood.
2. To conform or to adjust to the customs, attitudes, etc., of a group, nation, or the like: The new arrivals assimilated easily and quickly into their new culture.
3. To integrate new knowledge or information with what is already known or to incorporate and absorb into the mind: Jeremy is trying to assimilate the new information from his computer project so he can develop new programs for other people.
4. To incorporate digested food materials into the cells and tissues of the body: While Mildred was getting ready for bed, she was convinced that her nutritious dinner was being assimilated into her body so she would have energy for tomorrow's project at work.
5. Etymology: from Latin assimilatus, assimilare, "to make like"; from ad-, "to" + simulare, "to make similar"; from similis, "like, resembling".
To absorb something into the mind or the body.
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To copy and to use.
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assimilation (s) (noun), assimilations (pl)
1. The process of becoming part of, or more like, something greater.
2. The process in which one group takes on the cultural and other traits of a larger group.
3. The integration of new knowledge or information with what is already known.
4. The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
5. The incorporation of nutrients into the cells and tissues of plants and animals involving digestion, photosynthesis, and root absorption.
6. The changing of a speech sound under the influence of an adjacent sound.
assimilationism (s) (noun), assimilationisms (pl)
The practice or policy of encouraging the integration of people from all races and cultures: "At first the family from Iraq resisted the assimilationism of the United States."
assimilative (adjective), more assimilative, most assimilative
Tending to or causing an absorption or integration into something: "The doctor told Fern after her illness that she is now capable of absorbing food and other nutrients and incorporating them into her body tissues."
assimilatory (adjective), more assimilatory, most assimilatory
Pertaining to the tendency or capacity to absorb liquids or energy.
disassemble (verb), disassembles; disassembled; disassembling
disassembler (s) (noun), disassemblers (pl)
disassembly (s) (noun), disassemblies (pl)
dissemble (verb), dissembles; dissembled; dissembling
1. To disguise with a false appearance in order to conceal facts, feelings, or intentions: When Jennifer’s father asked her what was wrong, she dissembled and told him that her friend was caught cheating on a test in class, when in reality, Jennifer was the one who was being dishonest.
2. To make a false show of; to feign; to put on the appearance of something not actually felt or true: Joe dissembled by pretending to have a good time at the party even though his girlfriend had just left him.
3. To disguise or to conceal one's real nature, motives, or emotional condition behind a false appearance: Hayden's friend continued to dissemble his real feelings with his misleading positive comments and behavior regarding his wife's leaving him for another man.
To hide behind a false appearance.
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To conceal one's realfeelings.
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dissembler (s) (noun), dissemblers (pl)
1. Someone who hides his or her opinions or dispositions under a false appearance.
2. To disguise or to conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings: "Deborah's cousin was accused of being a dissembler because her professions of goodness were actually selfishness and her life was corrupt or dishonest."