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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then he shoved the magazine into his pocket and trudged on toward the veteran's reassignment headquarters.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • We have journeyed together for two whole terms; there is only one more between you and reassignment.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • Further delay, he predicted, would cause confusion in reassignment of some 4,000 troops.

  • All these teams uncovered a substantial number of men and women considered eligible for further training or reassignment.

  • No doubt they'd made their last report to Taber and had headed back to Washington for reassignment.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • reassignment to a distant station is of course a day-to-day possibility in the life of any military officer.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for reassignment


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 reassignment



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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