- 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 assign
Now the Kremlin will assign more loyal people to rule the region, mostly military leaders.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.
December 4, 2014
When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
Other folks can debate and assign blame for “who lost Iraq.”Iran Is the Biggest Loser in Iraq
June 15, 2014
Renee Richardson knows she'll likely never be able to assign blame for her son's death—she's done fighting for that.What Military Base Shootings Reveal About the Mental Health Debate
February 9, 2014
Girls are directed through several pages of this until they are asked to assign the guy a series of pre-decided adjectives.Meet Lulu: An App That Lets Girls Rate Guys Anonymously
August 22, 2013
With what cheerfulness will I assign over this envied estate!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
It is perhaps too early to assign him his place in American literature.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
And if it be impossible to assign any, this will serve to confirm our suspicion.
I have met with the word in French authors, but never could assign any idea to it.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Between thirty and fifty years, it was impossible to assign an age to him.Ramuntcho
- 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 assign
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.