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 \ ə-​ˌsī-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce assignability (audio) \ noun
assignable \ ə-​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

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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 Each pillar and each specific initiative were assigned owners to oversee implementation. azcentral, "UA's $14-million gamble: Consultant gave pricey advice to devise strategic plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Records show he was placed in a Lighthouse Youth Services program in Hamilton County and had been assigned a parole officer. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Teen previously convicted of rape admits raping woman in Clifton's gaslight district," 1 Nov. 2019 The company hired Bailey in November 2008 and assigned him to guard the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on a contract with the U.S. Army. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 Over the course of four weeks, the HGTV stars are assigned a specific section of the home to focus on and work towards earning a weekly win—culminating to the house with the highest value. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "What Is HGTV Doing with the Houses from Rock the Block?," 30 Oct. 2019 Marcotte was also assigned to St. Martin of Tours Parish in Martinsville at the time, according to the archdiocese. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Suspended priest arrested in Hamilton County sexual abuse case," 29 Oct. 2019 Those weights were assigned looking at data between 1960 and 1970 and haven't been adjusted since. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aaron Rodgers had a 'perfect game' by passer rating Sunday. How is it calculated? Is it even a good metric?," 21 Oct. 2019 While the remaining battery installation spacewalks were put on hold, NASA managers opted to keep the Koch-Meir pairing intact, assigning them instead to the BCDU change out. William Harwood, CBS News, "All-female spacewalk Friday marks a new milestone for NASA — watch live," 17 Oct. 2019 But the younger woman’s performance was poor, causing the dealership to remove her as a supervisor and re-assign her to be a receptionist, the lawsuit says. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "BMW Cleveland owner discriminated against employees based on age, EEOC lawsuit says," 30 Sep. 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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The first known use of assign was in the 13th century

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14 Nov 2019

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“Assign.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assigning. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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assign

verb
How to pronounce assign (audio)

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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