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 In defiance of the national party, Iowa chose to move the caucuses earlier than its nationally assigned date to maintain the buffer between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Clare Ulmer, USA TODAY, "Amid fallout from Iowa caucus chaos, here's a look at why the state votes first and how that came to be," 4 Feb. 2020 For students whose teachers are assigned to scoring, nearly a month of classroom instruction suffers from serial interruptions by testing, scoring and spring break, principals say. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Teachers Pulled From Class to Grade State Tests," 4 Feb. 2020 Once confined, she was prescribed a battery of meds and assigned a social worker, who appears throughout the show as a reminder of how, these days, bureaucracy plays at the edges of even our most primal human states. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "“Medea” and “Mac Beth” Reflect Modern Tragedies," 3 Feb. 2020 For decades, federal offenders filed petitions for clemency with the pardon office, which assigns a staff attorney to investigate each case. Author: Beth Reinhard, Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most clemency grants bypass Justice Department and go to well-connected offenders," 3 Feb. 2020 In July, Duffey took over control of the Ukraine aid from the career official assigned to handle it — something that TIME reported in December no one in the division remembered happening before. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "Senators Defeat Vote to Allow New Evidence in Trump's Impeachment Trial. Now These Questions Will Go Unanswered," 31 Jan. 2020 The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Springfield Fire Department and State Police assigned to the fire marshal’s office and the Hampden district attorney’s office. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Person dies in Springfield house fire," 31 Jan. 2020 Small, 22, made a couple of appearances in rookie ball after being drafted, then was assigned to Class A Wisconsin. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First-round draft pick Ethan Small among minor leaguers invited to Brewers' spring camp," 31 Jan. 2020 The office assigned an attorney to conduct a review, said Denise Roberts, the prosecutor's spokeswoman. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Family fondly recalls father fatally shot in Maryland police car amid call for more scrutiny of officer," 30 Jan. 2020 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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“Assign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assignor?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=assign05. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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