self-as·​sign·​ment ˌself-ə-ˈsīn-mənt How to pronounce self-assignment (audio)
plural self-assignments
: the act of assigning something (such as a task) to oneself
working on/by self-assignment
also : the task or work that is assigned
Alexander came to Winged Foot in 1959 to shoot the U.S. Open. It was a self-assignment that resulted in a series of iconic photos … Mike Dougherty

Examples of self-assignment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barnard, in what might be described as a noble feat of whisky enthusiasm (or perhaps a delightful self-assignment), set out to visit every distillery across Scotland, England, and Ireland. Mark Littler, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-assignment was in 1905

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“Self-assignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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