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Meaning of assign by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -aɪn


    Old French assigner


    assign ( third-person singular simple present assigns present participle assigning, simple past and past participle assigned )

    1. ( transitive ) To designate or set apart something for some purpose .
    2. ( transitive ) To appoint or select someone for some office .
    3. ( transitive ) To allot or give something as a task .
    4. ( transitive ) To attribute or sort something into categories .
    5. ( transitive ) ( law ) To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another .

    Derived terms

    • assignment
    • assignable
    • assignation


    assign ( plural: assigns )

    1. An assignee .

Explanation of assign by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. select something or someone for a specific purpose

    2. The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise
    3. attribute or credit to

    4. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    5. The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class
    6. attribute or give

    7. transfer one's right to

    8. give out

    9. We were assigned new uniforms
    10. make undue claims to having

    11. give an assignment to ( a person ) to a post, or assign a task to ( a person )

    Definition of assign by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Assign v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assigned ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Assigning.] [OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L. assignare; ad + signare to mark, mark out, designate, signum mark, sign. See Sign.]
      1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.

      In the order I assign to them. Loudon.

      The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better station than that in which his lot had been assigned. Southey.

      He assigned to his men their several posts. Prescott.

      2. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out authoritatively or exactly; as, “to assign a limit; to assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.”

      All as the dwarf the way to her assigned. Spenser.

      It is not easy to assign a period more eventful. De Quincey.

      3. ( Law ) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.

      To assign dower, to set out by metes and bounds the widow's share or portion in an estate. Kent.

    2. Assign v. i. ( Law ) 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.

    3. Assign, n. [From Assign, v.] A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance. [Obs.]

      Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdles, hangers, and so. Shak.

    4. Assign, n. [See Assignee.] ( Law ) A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, “a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns”.