verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. assidean,
  2. assideans,
  3. assiduity,
  4. assiduous,
  5. assiento,
  6. assignable,
  7. assignat,
  8. assignation,
  9. assignats,
  10. assigned counsel

Origin of assign

1250–1300; Middle English assignen < Old French assigner < Latin assignāre. See as-, sign

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Assign, allocate, allot mean to apportion or measure out. To assign is to distribute available things, designating them to be given to or reserved for specific persons or purposes: to assign duties. To allocate is to earmark or set aside parts of things available or expected in the future, each for a specific purpose: to allocate income to various types of expenses. To allot implies making restrictions as to amount, size, purpose, etc., and then apportioning or assigning: to allot spaces for parking. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assignor

British Dictionary definitions for assignor



law a person who transfers or assigns property


verb (mainly tr)

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
Derived Formsassignable, adjectiveassignability, nounassignably, adverbassigner, noun

Word Origin for assign

C14: from Old French assigner, from Latin assignāre, from signāre to mark out

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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.

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