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assign

verb as·sign \ ə-ˈsīn \

Definition of assign

transitive verb
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
  • Archaeologists assign the weapon to the eleventh century.

assignability

play \-ˌsī-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

assignable

play \-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective

assigner

play \ə-ˈsī-nər\ or assignor play \ˌa-sə-ˈnȯr, ˌa-ˌsī-, ə-ˌsī-\ noun

Examples of assign in a Sentence

  1. The teacher assigned us 50 math problems for homework!

  2. She was assigned to the embassy in India.

  3. The new teacher was assigned to the science laboratory.

  4. The plane landed at its assigned gate.

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Origin and Etymology of assign

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

Synonym Discussion of assign

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

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assign

noun

Definition of assign

:assignee 3
  • heirs and assigns

Origin and Etymology of assign


ASSIGN Defined for English Language Learners

assign

verb

Definition of assign for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

assign

verb as·sign \ ə-ˈsīn \

Definition of assign for Students

assigned; assigning
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.

Law Dictionary

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assign

transitive verb as·sign \ ə-ˈsīn \

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

play \ə-ˌsī-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

assignable

play \ə-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective

assignor

play \ə-ˈsī-nər\ noun

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assign

noun

legal Definition of assign



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