Definition of Assign

1. Verb. Give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person). "They assign him to write the letter"

2. Verb. Give out. "They assign the tourists their cars"; "We were assigned new uniforms"

3. Verb. Attribute or credit to. "People impute great cleverness to cats"

4. Verb. Select something or someone for a specific purpose. "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
Exact synonyms: Set Apart, Specify
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Specialized synonyms: Dedicate, Detail
Derivative terms: Assignment, Specification

5. Verb. Attribute or give. "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"
Exact synonyms: Put
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize
Specialized synonyms: Repose

6. Verb. Make undue claims to having.
Exact synonyms: Arrogate
Generic synonyms: Arrogate, Claim, Lay Claim
Derivative terms: Arrogator

7. Verb. Transfer one's right to.
Generic synonyms: Transfer
Derivative terms: Assignable, Assignee, Assignment, Assignment

8. Verb. Decide as to where something belongs in a scheme. "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
Exact synonyms: Attribute
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Classify, Relegate
Derivative terms: Assignment, Attribution

Definition of Assign

1. v. t. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.

2. n. A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance.

3. n. A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.

4. v. i. 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.

Definition of Assign

1. Verb. (transitive) To designate or set apart something for some purpose. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To appoint or select someone for some office. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To allot or give something as a task. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To attribute or sort something into categories. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) (legal) To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another. ¹

6. Noun. An assignee. ¹

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Definition of Assign

1. to set apart for a particular purpose [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Literary usage of Assign

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1888)
"But to the non-existent we were constrained to assign ignorance, and to the existent, knowledge. Just so. And rightly. Then neither the existent nor the ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"promise not to assign with preferences against the bank does not of itself .... The trustees assign as error that the court erred (1) in finding that the ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, Richard Vaughan Barnewall, Cresswell Cresswell (1829)
"The plaintiffs' remedy is by an action on the covenant not to assign. Besides, it may admit of some doubt whether the defendant is within the covenant; ..."

4. An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius by William Selwyn (1842)
"Of the Covenant not to assign without License. A covenant not to assign or under-let without license of the lessor, with a clause of re-entry in case of ..."

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