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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
as•sign /əˈsaɪn/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to give out;
    allocate: [+ object]They assigned rooms at the hotel.[+ object + object]They assigned us a room.[+ object + to + object]They assigned a room to us.
  2. to give out or announce as a task: [+ object]assigned his best man to the job.[+ object (+ to + object)]The teacher assigned a lot of homework (to the class).[+ object + object]The teacher assigned them a lot of homework.[+ object + to + verb]They assigned a guard to watch.
  3. to appoint to a post or duty:[+ object + to]They assigned her to the day shift.
  4. to designate;
    specify:[+ object]Let's assign a day for a meeting.
  5. to give as a reason:[+ object]to assign a cause to certain unexplained events.
See -sign-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
as•sign  (ə sīn),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to give or allocate; allot:to assign rooms at a hotel.
  2. to give out or announce as a task:to assign homework.
  3. to appoint, as to a post or duty:to assign one to guard duty.
  4. to designate;
    specify:to assign a day for a meeting.
  5. to ascribe;
    bring forward:to assign a cause.
  6. Lawto transfer:to assign a contract.
  7. Militaryto place permanently on duty with a unit or under a commander.

  1. Lawto transfer property, esp. in trust or for the benefit of creditors.

  1. LawUsually,  assigns. a person to whom the property or interest of another is or may be transferred;
    assignee:my heirs and assigns.
as•signer*  [Chiefly Law.]as•sign•or  (ə sīn),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Latin assignāre. See as-, sign
  • Old French assigner
  • Middle English assignen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Assign, allocate, allot mean to apportion or measure out. To
      assign is to distribute available things, designating them to be given to or reserved for specific persons or purposes:to assign duties.To
      allocate is to earmark or set aside parts of things available or expected in the future, each for a specific purpose:to allocate income to various types of expenses.To
      allot implies making restrictions as to amount, size, purpose, etc., and then apportioning or assigning:to allot spaces for parking.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fix, determine.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged adduce, allege, advance, show, offer.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
assign /əˈsaɪn/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to select for and appoint to a post, etc
  2. to give out or allot (a task, problem, etc)
  3. to set apart (a place, person, time, etc) for a particular function or event: to assign a day for the meeting
  4. to attribute to a specified cause, origin, or source; ascribe
  5. to transfer (one's right, interest, or title to property) to someone else
  1. a person to whom property is assigned; assignee
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French assigner, from Latin assignāre, from signāre to mark out

asˈsignable adj asˈsigner n
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