Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.
  • transitive v. To select for a duty or office; appoint: firefighters assigned to the city's industrial park.
  • transitive v. To give out as a task; allot: assigned homework to the class.
  • transitive v. To ascribe; attribute: sorted the rocks by assigning them to different categories. See Synonyms at attribute.
  • transitive v. Law To transfer (property, rights, or interests) from one to another.
  • transitive v. To place (a person or a military unit) under a specific command.
  • n. Law An assignee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To designate or set apart something for some purpose.
  • v. To appoint or select someone for some office.
  • v. To allot or give something as a task.
  • v. To attribute or sort something into categories.
  • v. (law) To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another.
  • n. An assignee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance.
  • n. A person to whom property or an interest is transferred.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
  • transitive v. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out authoritatively or exactly
  • transitive v. To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set apart; make over by distribution or appropriation; apportion; allot.
  • To point out; show; designate; specify.
  • To give, furnish, or specify: as, to assign a reason for anything.
  • To appoint; select for a duty or office: as, the officer assigned to the charge of a military department.
  • To ascribe; attribute; refer.
  • In law: To transfer or make over to another the right one has in any object, as in an estate, chose in action, or reversion, especially in trust for the security of creditors: rarely applied to testamentary transfers. To show or set forth with particularity: as, to assign error in a writ; to assign false judgment, To point out or substantiate as a charge: as, perjury cannot be assigned on an oath taken without the jurisdiction of the officer administering it.
  • Adduce, Allege, etc. (see adduce); to determine, give, name, present.
  • n. Assignment; appointment.
  • n. Design; purpose; object.
  • n. A person to whom the property or interest of another is or may be transferred: as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.
  • n. [Assign is a broader word than assignee. The assignees of a person are usually understood to mean those who take immediately from him, by his assignment; the assigns of a person include all who acquire title under his transfer, immediately or remotely.]
  • n. A thing pertaining to something else; an appurtenance; an appendage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. transfer one's right to
  • v. attribute or give
  • v. select something or someone for a specific purpose
  • v. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
  • v. make undue claims to having
  • v. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  • v. give out
  • v. attribute or credit to

Etymologies

Middle English assignen, from Old French assigner, from Latin assignāre : ad-, ad- + signāre, to mark (from signum, sign; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French assigner (Wiktionary)

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  • Unable to syndicate the loan to a group of European financial institutions, J.P. Morgan began discussions with the Mr. Slim-controlled Banco Inbursa, to "assign" the loan's obligations and much of its returns to Inbursa.

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