as·​sign·​ment | \ ə-ˈsīn-mənt How to pronounce assignment (audio) \

Definition of assignment

1 : the act of assigning something the assignment of a task
2a : 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

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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

Examples of assignment in a Sentence

The students were given a homework assignment. The reporter's assignment is to interview the candidate. The reporter is here on an assignment. The reporter is here on assignment. The article discusses the recent assignment of senators to some of the more powerful committees. her assignment to the embassy in India the computer's assignment of a number to each image She asked if she could change her seating assignment.
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Recent Examples on the Web When Dannehy joined Durham's team in Washington for the review of the Russia investigation in the spring of 2019, she was told to expect an assignment that would last between six months and a year. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Prosecutor working on John Durham's Russia investigation resigns," 11 Sep. 2020 Ferreira's first assignment as Becca ambassador was to create a campaign for its new Zero Collection. Aimee Simeon,, "Barbie Ferreira Designed A One-Of-A-Kind Holiday Collection For Becca," 7 Sep. 2020 Marshall has never missed an assignment, loading his car with boxes and then setting off to make deliveries in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. oregonlive, "Lake Oswego man wins national award for his work delivering food to Cascade AIDS Projects clients in quarantine," 4 Sep. 2020 No, that was a test, says a shadowy fixer (Martin Donovan), who gives him an assignment to stop a plot to destroy the world. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Review: ‘Tenet’ is an exciting thriller, but avoid the trap of trying to make sense of it," 1 Sep. 2020 Journalists from the publication spotted the crater during an assignment on the Yamal Peninsula in July and released their footage this week. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why This Monstrous Crater Suddenly Appeared in Russia," 1 Sep. 2020 Anissa Ramirez, a second-grader, read a few pages about scientists on her iPad for an assignment. Andres Picon,, "‘Herculean’ task: San Antonio area schools still working to get every student online," 30 Aug. 2020 Tough assignment against two-time defending state champion Western Boone. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana high school football predictions: We made it to Week 1, who predicted that?," 20 Aug. 2020 But the Democratic Party has definitely handed Gavin that plum assignment (Thursday). Joe Garofoli,, "Gavin Newsom has prime convention slot, but his path to White House just got tougher," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of assignment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assignment

see assign entry 1

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The first known use of assignment was in the 14th century

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16 Sep 2020

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“Assignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of assignment

: a job or duty that is given to someone : a task someone is required to do
: the act of sending someone to a particular group or place as part of a job
: the act of giving a particular value, identity, etc., to something


as·​sign·​ment | \ ə-ˈsīn-mənt How to pronounce assignment (audio) \

Kids Definition of assignment

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



Legal Definition of assignment

1 : the act of assigning
2a : 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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