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1 to give a task, duty, or responsibility to
  • assigned the class with the task of finding something in the state constitution they felt needed changing

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2 to give as a share or portion
  • each new employee is assigned a cubicle and a computer

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3 to give over the legal possession or ownership of
  • assigned all rights to and royalties from the song to the Boy Scouts

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4 to pick (someone) by one's authority for a specific position or duty
  • the mayor assigned the panel with the task of luring a major sports franchise to the city

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How is the word assign different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of assign are ascribe, attribute, credit, and impute. While all these words mean "to lay something to the account of a person or thing," assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.

assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period

In what contexts can ascribe take the place of assign?

The synonyms ascribe and assign are sometimes interchangeable, but ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.

forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters

How is attribute related to other words for assign?

Attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign.

attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate

Where would credit be a reasonable alternative to assign?

In some situations, the words credit and assign are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When is it sensible to use impute instead of assign?

While in some cases nearly identical to assign, impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.

tried to impute sinister motives to my actions

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The first known use of assign was in the 13th century

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“Assign.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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