noun as·sign·ment \ ə-ˈsīn-mənt \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of assignment

1 : the act of assigning something
  • the assignment of a task
2 a : a position, post, or office to which one is assigned
  • Her assignment was to the embassy in India.
b : a specified task or amount of work assigned or undertaken as if assigned by authority
  • a homework assignment
3 law : 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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of assignment

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

Financial Definition of ASSIGNMENT

wage assignment

What It Is

A wage assignment refers to a forced payment of a financial obligation via automatic withholding from an employee's pay.

How It Works

Courts can subject individuals who become delinquent in their obligations to wage assignments. In most cases, wage assignments are ordered when a person is delinquent on child support, spousal support, taxes or loans. If the obligor shows a history of nonpayment, a wage assignment can be used to automatically subtract money owed from his or her payroll without his or her consent. For example, if an individual becomes delinquent on $100 monthly loan payments, a wage assignment automatically deducts the $100 from the person's weekly or monthly paycheck and sends it to the lender.

Why It Matters

Wage assignments are frequently ordered in connection with delinquent child support payments and merchant credit balances. Though unlawful in certain U.S. states, wage assignments can be a useful, proactive method for recouping long-term unpaid debts.

ASSIGNMENT Defined for Kids


noun as·sign·ment \ ə-ˈsīn-mənt \

Definition of assignment for Students

1 : the act of giving out or assigning
  • the assignment of seats
2 : something (as a job or task) that is given out
  • a homework assignment

Law Dictionary


noun as·sign·ment

legal Definition of assignment

1 : the act of assigning
2 a : a position, post, or office to which one is assigned
b : a task assigned
3 : a present transfer of property or rights
absolute assignment
: an assignment in which the transfer is complete and leaves the assignor with no interest in the property or right transferred
assignment for the benefit of creditors
: assignment of property by a debtor to an assignee to be held in trust and used to pay off the debtor's debts
assignment of income
: an assignment by one taxpayer to another of income for the purpose of avoiding taxes
assignment of lease
: an assignment by a tenant of all of his or her remaining rights in a property under a lease — compare sublease
effective assignment
: an assignment by which the assignor's interest in the property or right being assigned is terminated and transferred to the assignee
equitable assignment
: an assignment (as of property in which one has a future interest) that is not valid at law but that would be upheld in a court of equity
general assignment
: an assignment for the benefit of creditors of all of a debtor's property to be distributed fairly to the creditors — compare preference
wage assignment
: an assignment by an employee by which an amount of his or her wages are transferred to another party (as a creditor) before the wages are paid to the employee — compare garnishment

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