Definitions

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

  • n. The act of assigning.
  • n. Something, such as a task, that is assigned. See Synonyms at task.
  • n. A position or post of duty to which one is assigned.
  • n. Law The transfer of a claim, right, interest, or property from one to another.
  • n. Law The instrument by which this transfer is effected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of assigning, or an assigned task
  • n. a position to which someone is assigned
  • n. a task given to students, homework or coursework
  • n. a transfer of something from one person to another, especially property, or a claim or right; the document that effects this transfer
  • n. an operation that assigns a value to a variable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court.
  • n.
  • n. A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands.
  • n. The writing by which an interest is transferred.
  • n. The transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the benefit of creditors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of apportioning or allotting; allotment.
  • n. The act of setting apart, appointing, designating, or specifying.
  • n. That which has been assigned, as a particular task or duty.
  • n. Specifically, in law: The transference of a right or an interest. See assign, v., 6
  • n. . A pointing out or setting forth: as, the assignment of error.
  • n. The writing by which an interest is transferred.
  • n. An allotment, allowance, or pension; a sum allowed.
  • n. Formerly, in Australia, the allotting of convicts as unpaid servants to colonists, in order to relieve the authorities of the expense of the convict establishments.

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

  • n. (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
  • n. the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  • n. an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
  • n. a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
  • n. the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
  • n. the act of distributing something to designated places or persons

Etymologies

Old French assignement (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I believe that this assignment is the most challenging of them all - and I believe it even more after reading the first batch of posts on this thread.

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  • The other assignment is a knitted hat, and I might just move on to that one.

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  • The man making the assignment is his direct supervisor, one of those cheerful mid-level managers who somehow manages to get away with statements and actions that would land others in deep trouble (the Bill Haydon of his particular spy club).

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  • Furthermore, if the assignment is a portrait of a TV producer or someone who created a Web site to raise funds for hurricane or tsunami relief agencies, the image requires a monitor in the frame.

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  • By far the most common of these monitoring attempts is what I call the assignment book routine.

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  • You panic, your term assignment is in that PC and you don't have access to it.

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  • An important assignment is to write up a TAFF trip report afterwards - which I promise to liberally illustrate (should I win) with images of major UK landmarks (Big Ben, Westminster, Tower of London, London Eye), being destroyed in dramatic and awesome ways by dragons and other giant monsters.

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  • Could you give us a couple of anecdotal reasons why Mexico was the favorite Latin American assignment and Argentina the least favorite?

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  • My next assignment is to take the recent news story about the Somali pirates and their hostage and write it from three different perspectives – pirates, military and hostage.

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  • A Daily writing assignment is certainly a bit much for some people, but for most of us we are already in the habit of doing that anyway (or want to be).

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