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
- 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.
- 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.
- n. A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance.
- n. A person to whom property or an interest is transferred.
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
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)