AskDefine | Define assign

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1 give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person) [syn: delegate, designate, depute]
2 give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: allot, portion]
3 attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats" [syn: impute, ascribe, attribute]
4 select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise" [syn: specify, set apart]
5 attribute or give; "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job"; "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story" [syn: put]
6 make undue claims to having [syn: arrogate]
7 transfer one's right to
8 decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class" [syn: attribute]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To designate or set apart something for some purpose.
  2. To appoint or select someone for some office.
  3. To allot or give something as a task.
  4. To attribute or sort something into categories.
  5. To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another.


to designate or set apart something for some purpose
to appoint or select someone for some office
to allot or give something as a task
to attribute or sort something into categories
to transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one peson to another


  1. An assignee.

Extensive Definition

Assignment may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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