assign

verb
as·​sign | \ ə-ˈsīn How to pronounce assign (audio) \
assigned; assigning; assigns

Definition of assign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to transfer (property) to another especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors
2a : 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 : select, designate assign counsel to the defendant assign a value to the variable Though assigned male at birth, she appears most comfortable and in her element wearing a skirt and high-heeled sandals when riding a big-wheel or playing with a tea set.— Will Dean
4a : to ascribe as a motive, reason, or cause especially after deliberation
b : to consider to belong to a specified period of time Archaeologists assign the weapon to the eleventh century.

assign

noun

Definition of assign (Entry 2 of 2)

: assignee sense 3 heirs and assigns

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Other Words from assign

Verb

assignability \ -​ˌsī-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce assignability (audio) \ noun
assignable \ -​ˈsī-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce assignable (audio) \ adjective
assigner \ ə-​ˈsī-​nər How to pronounce assigner (audio) \ or assignor \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈnȯr How to pronounce assignor (audio) , ˌa-​ˌsī-​ , ə-​ˌsī-​ \ noun

Synonyms for assign

Synonyms: Verb

charge, commission, entrust (also intrust), task, trust

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Verb

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship. forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign. attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation. assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame. tried to impute sinister motives to my actions credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation. credited his teammates for his success

Examples of assign in a Sentence

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The church was in transition, from recent Vatican II reforms, as Garcia served as first vice president of clergy in Communities Organized for Public Service, or COPS, while assigned to his first parish, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Father David’s role grew from San Antonio parish priest to major community leader," 8 July 2019 Mr Thompson cites studies suggesting that being assigned to an own-race teacher improves test scores in maths and reading tests by about five percentage points, as well as reducing suspensions and expulsions. The Economist, "Why America lost so many of its black teachers," 8 July 2019 The kids had coordinated it and assigned various dishes for each to bring. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Father’s Day turns out to be another day Dad tries to mess up," 7 July 2019 The kids had coordinated it and assigned various dishes for each to bring. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Hubby undermines plans, wife goes ALL CAPS," 7 July 2019 The kids had coordinated it and assigned various dishes for each to bring. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: He gets belligerent about Father’s Day, wife goes ALL CAPS," 7 July 2019 The kids had coordinated it and assigned various dishes for each to bring. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Dad’s demands on Father’s Day are the last straw," 7 July 2019 In MacOS Catalina, Apple is picking apart the bloated iTunes and assigning its various parts their own app containers: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina," 6 July 2019 Albert Sego came to Medina County in 1948, traveling from school to school throughout Medina County for many years before being permanently assigned to Brunswick. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Looking at items from the past is always interesting: Whit & Whimsey," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy’s 2018 book on Chernobyl reconstructs the sequence of events and assigns blame. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 IBT Media and its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor our site for inappropriate or unlawful content. Newsweek, "Terms of Service," 14 Mar. 2018 Schools that are oversubscribed assign seats by lottery. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "City Announces Plan to Diversify Lower Manhattan Schools," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of assign

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assign

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner, from Latin assignare, from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign

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assign

verb

English Language Learners 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

assign

verb
as·​sign | \ ə-ˈsīn How to pronounce assign (audio) \
assigned; assigning

Kids Definition of assign

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.
as·​sign | \ ə-ˈsīn How to pronounce assign (audio) \

Legal Definition of assign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 itFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 51

Other Words from assign

assignability \ ə-​ˌsī-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce assignability (audio) \ noun
assignable \ ə-​ˈsī-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce assignable (audio) \ adjective
assignor \ ə-​ˈsī-​nər How to pronounce assignor (audio) \ noun

assign

noun

Legal Definition of assign (Entry 2 of 2)

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