[ uh-sahyn-muhnt ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. assignats,
  2. assigned counsel,
  3. assigned risk,
  4. assigned sex,
  5. assignee,
  6. assignor,
  7. assimilable,
  8. assimilate,
  9. assimilation,
  10. assimilationism

Origin of assignment

1350–1400; Middle English assignament < Medieval Latin assignāmentum. See assign, -ment

SYNONYMS FOR assignment
1, 2. obligation, job. 1. See task.

Related formsmis·as·sign·ment, nounnon·as·sign·ment, nounre·as·sign·ment, noun

Can be confusedassignment assignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

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