[ uh-sahyn ]
/ əˈsaɪn /
verb (used with object)
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.
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.
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Origin of assign
synonym study for assign
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM assign
as·sign·er; Chiefly Law. as·sign·or [uh-sahy-nawr, as-uh-nawr], /ə saɪˈnɔr, ˌæs əˈnɔr/, nounmis·as·sign, verbnon·as·signed, adjectivepre·as·sign, verb (used with object)
pre·as·signed, adjectivere·as·sign, verb (used with object)self-as·signed, adjectiveun·as·signed, adjectivewell-as·signed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for assign
/ (əˈsaɪn) /
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 forms of assignassignable, 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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