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[uh-sahyn-muh nt] /əˈsaɪn mənt/
something assigned, as a particular task or duty:
She completed the assignment and went on to other jobs.
a position of responsibility, post of duty, or the like, to which one is appointed:
He left for his assignment in the Middle East.
an act of assigning; appointment.
  1. the transference of a right, interest, or title, or the instrument of transfer.
  2. a transference of property to assignees for the benefit of creditors.
Origin of assignment
1350-1400; Middle English assignament < Medieval Latin assignāmentum. See assign, -ment
Related forms
misassignment, noun
nonassignment, noun
reassignment, noun
Can be confused
assignment, assignation.
1, 2. obligation, job. 1. See task. Unabridged
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  • This assignment of Luidhard to the bishopric of Soissons may perhaps be explained by an interesting story.

  • If I'd had illusions about the assignment, they would have faded at that instant.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • The assignment of work to the various assistants will naturally depend upon their respective qualifications.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • It was at noon of the third day he had been at work when John was given his first assignment.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Kitty's chief, and together they manufactured an assignment that was always a pleasant recollection to Kitty.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for assignment


something that has been assigned, such as a mission or task
a position or post to which a person is assigned
the act of assigning or state of being assigned
  1. the transfer to another of a right, interest, or title to property, esp personal property: assignment of a lease
  2. the document effecting such a transfer
  3. the right, interest, or property transferred
(law) (formerly) the transfer, esp by an insolvent debtor, of property in trust for the benefit of his creditors
(logic) a function that associates specific values with each variable in a formal expression
(Austral, history) a system (1789–1841) whereby a convict could become the unpaid servant of a freeman
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Word Origin and History for assignment

late 14c., "order, request, directive," from Old French assignement "(legal) assignment (of dower, etc.)," from Late Latin assignamentum, noun of action from Latin assignare (see assign). Meaning "appointment to office" is mid-15c.; that of "a task assigned" (to someone) is from c.1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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