Simple Definition of assign
: to give someone a particular job or duty : to require someone to do a particular task
: to send (someone) to a particular group or place as part of a job
: to give out something : to provide someone with something
Full Definition of assign
1 : to transfer (property) to another especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors
2 a : to appoint to a post or duty <assigned them to light duty> <assigned me two clerks> b : to appoint as a duty or task <assigns 20 pages for homework>
3 : to fix or specify in correspondence or relationship <assign counsel to the defendant> <assign a value to the variable>
4 a : to ascribe as a motive, reason, or cause especially after deliberation b : to consider to belong to (a specified period of time)
assignabilityplay \-ˌsī-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
assignableplay \-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of assign in a sentence
The teacher assigned us 50 math problems for homework!
She was assigned to the embassy in India.
The new teacher was assigned to the science laboratory.
The plane landed at its assigned gate.
Origin and Etymology of assign
Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner, from Latin assignare, from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of assign
Definition of assign
: assignee 3 <heirs and assigns>
First Known Use of assign
Rhymes with assign
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ASSIGN Defined for Kids
Definition of assign for Students
1 : to give out as a job or responsibility <Our teacher assigned homework in math.>
2 : to give out to : provide <Each student is assigned a locker.>
3 : to give a particular quality, value, or identity to <Assign a number to each picture.>
Legal Definition of assign
1 : to transfer (property or rights) to another <the general practice by inventors of assigning patent rights — J. K. Owens>
2 : to appoint to a post or duty <assigned to represent the defendant>
3 : to fix or specify in relationship or correspondence <a party may assign as error…a failure to give an instruction, if that party properly requested it — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 51>
assignability\ə-ˌsī-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun
assignable\ə-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ play adjective
assignor\ə-ˈsī-nər\ play noun
Legal Definition of assign
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