assign

[ uh-sahyn ]
/ əˈsaɪn /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Law. to transfer property, especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors.

noun

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

1250–1300; Middle English assignen < Old French assigner < Latin assignāre. See as-, sign
SYNONYMS FOR assign
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-assign

assign

/ (əˈsaɪn) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

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 re-assign

assign


v.

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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