Synonyms & Antonyms of assignment

1 a piece of work that needs to be done regularly
  • his first newspaper assignment was writing obituaries

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2 a specific task with which a person or group is charged
  • the spy team's assignment was to steal the plans for the nuclear reactor

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3 something assigned to be read or studied
  • have you read the assignment for tomorrow?

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4 the state or fact of being chosen for a position or duty
  • her assignment to the board of directors was a point of considerable pride for her

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How does the noun assignment contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of assignment are chore, duty, job, stint, and task. While all these words mean "a piece of work to be done," assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

a reporter's assignment

When is it sensible to use chore instead of assignment?

While the synonyms chore and assignment are close in meaning, chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

every child was assigned chores

When is duty a more appropriate choice than assignment?

Although the words duty and assignment have much in common, duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

the duties of a lifeguard

When might job be a better fit than assignment?

The synonyms job and assignment are sometimes interchangeable, but job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

the job of turning the company around

When could stint be used to replace assignment?

In some situations, the words stint and assignment are roughly equivalent. However, stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

a 2-month stint as a reporter

When can task be used instead of assignment?

The meanings of task and assignment largely overlap; however, task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

charged with a variety of tasks

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

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“Assignment.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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