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noun as·sign·ment \ə-ˈsīn-mənt\

Definition of assignment

  1. 1 :  the act of assigning

  2. 2 a :  a position, post, or office to which one is assigned b :  a specified task or amount of work assigned or undertaken as if assigned by authority

  3. 3 :  the transfer of property; especially :  the transfer of property to be held in trust or to be used for the benefit of creditors

Examples of assignment

  1. The students were given a homework assignment.

  2. The reporter's assignment is to interview the candidate.

  3. The reporter is here on an assignment.

  4. The reporter is here on assignment.

  5. The article discusses the recent assignment of senators to some of the more powerful committees.

  6. her assignment to the embassy in India

  7. the computer's assignment of a number to each image

  8. She asked if she could change her seating assignment.

14th Century

First Known Use of assignment

14th century

Synonym Discussion of assignment

task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance <charged with a variety of tasks>. duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance <the duties of a lifeguard>. job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance <the job of turning the company around>. chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm <every child was assigned chores>. stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service <a 2-month stint as a reporter>. assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority <a reporter's assignment>.

ASSIGNMENT Defined for Kids


noun as·sign·ment \ə-ˈsīn-mənt\

Definition of assignment

  1. 1 :  the act of giving out or assigning <the assignment of seats>

  2. 2 :  something (as a job or task) that is given out <a homework assignment>

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February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

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