- to give or allocate; allot: to assign rooms at a hotel.
- to give out or announce as a task: to assign homework.
- to appoint, as to a post or duty: to assign one to guard duty.
- to designate; name; specify: to assign a day for a meeting.
- to ascribe; attribute; bring forward: to assign a cause.
- Law. to transfer: to assign a contract.
- Military. to place permanently on duty with a unit or under a commander.
- Law. to transfer property, especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors.
- Usually assigns. Law. a person to whom the property or interest of another is or may be transferred; assignee: my heirs and assigns.
Origin of assign
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Examples from the Web for assignor
The preposterous nature of the cause assigned casts suspicion upon the assignor himself.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt
David Miller DeWitt
The other party to the contract retains any defense against the assignee, which he had against the assignor.
The assignor of a contract can transfer only such property rights as he possesses.
In other words, in case of an assignment, all defenses that were good against the assignor are good against the assignee.
There are now but two men in Court who saw the paper executed, namely, the assignor and the assignee.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
- law a person who transfers or assigns property
- to select for and appoint to a post, etcto assign an expert to the job
- to give out or allot (a task, problem, etc)to assign advertising to an expert
- to set apart (a place, person, time, etc) for a particular function or eventto assign a day for the meeting
- to attribute to a specified cause, origin, or source; ascribeto assign a stone cross to the Vikings
- to transfer (one's right, interest, or title to property) to someone else
- (also intr) law (formerly) to transfer (property) to trustees so that it may be used for the benefit of creditors
- military to allocate (men or materials) on a permanent basisCompare attach (def. 6)
- computing to place (a value corresponding to a variable) in a memory location
- law a person to whom property is assigned; assignee
Word Origin and History for assignor
c.1300, from Old French assiginer (13c.) "assign, set (a date, etc.); appoint legally; allot," from Latin assignare "to mark out, to allot by sign, assign, award," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + signare "make a sign," from signum "mark" (see sign). Main original use was in English law, in transferences of personal property. General meaning "to fix, settle, determine, appoint" is from c.1300. Related: Assigned; assigning.