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Meaning of ASSIGN

Pronunciation:  u'sIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
  2. [v]  attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
  3. [v]  decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
  4. [v]  put something on or into (abstractly) assign; ; "She put 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"
  5. [v]  transfer one's right to
  6. [v]  give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"
  7. [v]  make undue claims to having
  8. [v]  give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

ASSIGN is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: allot, arrogate, ascribe, ascribe, attribute, delegate, depute, designate, impute, portion, put, repute, set apart, specify
 See Also: accredit, administer, advance, allocate, allow, anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize, apply, appoint, apportion, appropriate, blame, break, bump, carnalize, cast, charge, charge, choose, claim, classify, credit, deal, deal out, dedicate, demote, detail, devolve, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, earmark, elevate, employ, externalise, externalize, interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize, judge, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, lay claim, lot, mandate, mete out, parcel out, personate, personify, pick out, place, post, project, promote, raise, reassign, reattribute, regiment, relegate, relegate, repose, reserve, select, sensualize, set aside, shell out, take, task, transfer, transfer, upgrade, use, utilise, utilize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \As*sign"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assigned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Assigning}.] [OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L.
    assignare; ad + signare to mark, mark out, designate, signum
    mark, sign. See {Sign}.]
    1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
             In the order I assign to them.        --Loudon.
             The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better
             station than that in which his lot had been
             assigned.                             --Southey.
             He assigned to his men their several posts.
    2. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out
       authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to
       assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.
             All as the dwarf the way to her assigned. --Spenser.
             It is not easy to assign a period more eventful.
                                                   --De Quincey.
    3. (Law) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to
       transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called
       assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
    {To assign dower}, to set out by metes and bounds the widow's
       share or portion in an estate. --Kent.
  2. \As*sign"\, n. [From {Assign}, v.]
    A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an
    appurtenance. [Obs.]
          Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as
          girdles, hangers, and so.                --Shak.
  3. \As*sign"\, n. [See {Assignee}.] (Law)
    A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as,
    a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.
  4. \AS*sign"\, v. i. (Law)
    To transfer or pass over property to another, whether for the
    benefit of the assignee or of the assignor's creditors, or in
    furtherance of some trust.
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