..1 next to or adjoining something else: adjacent rooms | the area adjacent to the station ***a railway museum adjacent to the Moat House Hotel: adjoining, neighbouring (on), next door to, abutting, close to, near to, next to, by, close by, by the side of, bordering (on), beside, alongside, abreast of, contiguous with, proximate to, attached to, touching, joining; cheek by jowl with; rare conjoining, approximate to, vicinal. ANTONYMS remote from. ..1 [ no obj. ] (of people) gather together in one place for a common purpose: a crowd had assembled outside the gates.
• [ with obj. ] cause (people or things) to gather together for a common purpose: he assembled the surviving members of the group for a tour.
• (usu. as nounassembling) Entomology (of male moths) gather for mating in response to a pheromone released by a female.
2 [ with obj. ] fit together the separate component parts of (a machine or other object): my new machine is being assembled and my old one dismantled.
3 [ with obj. ] Computing translate (a program) from a symbolic language into machine code. assemble the program and produce a file suitable to input to the simulator.****Middle English: from Old French asembler, based on Latin ad- 'to' + simul 'together'.**a crowd had assembled: come together, get together, gather, collect, meet, muster, rally, congregate, convene, flock together; rare foregather. ANTONYMS disperse.
..(of a structure) suddenly fall down or give way: the roof collapsed on top of me1 the roof collapsed: cave in, fall in, subside, fall down, sag, slump, settle, give, give way, crumble, crumple, disintegrate, fall to pieces, come apart. ANTONYMS hold up. ..a person with whom one works in a profession or business.**early 16th cent.: from French collègue, from Latin collega 'partner in office', from col- 'together with' + legare 'depute'.*****one of her colleagues in the lab: fellow worker, workmate, teammate, co-worker, associate, partner, co-partner, collaborator, ally, comrade, companion, confederate; Frenchconfrère; informal oppo; Austral./NZ informal offsider; archaic compeer; rare consociate. ..1 produce (a list or book) by assembling information collected from other sources: the local authority must compile a list of the names and addresses of taxpayers.*****he compiled a dossier of patients with tropical diseases: assemble, put together, make up, collate, compose, marshal, organize, arrange, sort out, systematize, systemize, anthologize; gather, collect, accumulate, amass. ..cause (someone) to believe firmly in the truth of something: Robert's expression had obviously convinced her of his innocence | [ with obj. and clause ] : we had to convince politicians that they needed to do something.
• [ with obj. and infinitive ] persuade (someone) to do something: she convinced my father to branch out on his own.****1 Wilson convinced me that I was wrong: persuade, satisfy, prove to, cause to feel certain; assure, reassure; put/set someone's mind at rest, dispel someone's doubts.
2 eventually, I convinced her to marry me: induce, prevail on, get, talk round, bring around, win over, sway; persuade, cajole, inveigle.
..1 make (someone) feel utterly dispirited or dejected: that first day at school depressed me.
2 reduce the level or strength of activity in (something, especially an economic or biological system): fear of inflation in America depressed bond markets | alcohol depresses the nervous system.
3 push or pull (something) down into a lower position: depress the lever.*****the news from the doctor depressed him: make sad, sadden, make unhappy, cast down, get down, make gloomy, make despondent, dispirit; dampen someone's spirits, break someone's spirit, dash someone's hopes, dishearten, demoralize, discourage, daunt, crush, shake, desolate, make desolate, weigh down, weigh heavily on, hang over, oppress; upset, distress, grieve, haunt, harrow, cause suffering to, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed, bring tears to someone's eyes; informal give someone the blues, make someone fed up, knock the stuffing out of, knock for six, knock sideways; archaic deject. ANTONYMS cheer up.