assign


assign
[[t]əsa͟ɪn[/t]]
assigns, assigning, assigned
1) VERB If you assign a piece of work to someone, you give them the work to do.

[V n to n] When I taught, I would assign a topic to children which they would write about...

[V n n] Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers...

[V n] When teachers assign homework, students usually feel an obligation to do it. [Also V n to-inf]

2) VERB If you assign something to someone, you say that it is for their use.

[V n to n] The selling broker is then required to assign a portion of the commission to the buyer broker...

[V n n] He assigned her all his land in Ireland.

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3) VERB: usu passive If someone is assigned to a particular place, group, or person, they are sent there, usually in order to work at that place or for that person.

[be V-ed to n] I was assigned to Troop A of the 10th Cavalry...

[be V-ed adv] Did you choose Russia or were you simply assigned there?...

[be V-ed n] Each of us was assigned a minder, someone who looked after us.

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4) VERB If you assign a particular function or value to someone or something, you say they have it.

[V n to n] Under Mr. Harel's system, each business must assign a value to each job...

[V n n] Assign the letters of the alphabet their numerical values—A equals 1, B equals 2, etc.


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  • assign — [ə sīn′] vt. [ME assignen < OFr assigner < L assignare, mark out, allot < ad , to + signare, SIGN] 1. to set apart or mark for a specific purpose; designate [assign a day for the meeting] 2. to place at some task or duty; appoint [I was… …   English World dictionary

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