• WordNet 3.6
    • v assign select something or someone for a specific purpose "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
    • v assign attribute or credit to "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare","People impute great cleverness to cats"
    • v assign decide as to where something belongs in a scheme "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
    • v assign attribute or give "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement","He put all his efforts into this job","The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"
    • v assign transfer one's right to
    • v assign give out "We were assigned new uniforms"
    • v assign make undue claims to having
    • v assign give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 13th century, quality standards for paste were assigned by the Pope
    • n Assign (Law) A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns .
    • n Assign A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance. "Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns , as girdles, hangers, and so."
    • Assign To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over. "In the order I assign to them.""The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better station than that in which his lot had been assigned .""He assigned to his men their several posts."
    • Assign 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 .""It is not easy to assign a period more eventful."
    • v. i Assign (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.
    • Assign (Law) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile Services(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number theotherchannel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, butnochannel 1.
    • assign To set apart; make over by distribution or appropriation; apportion; allot.
    • assign To point out; show; designate; specify.
    • assign To give, furnish, or specify: as, to assign a reason for anything.
    • assign To appoint; select for a duty or office: as, the officer assigned to the charge of a military department.
    • assign To ascribe; attribute; refer.
    • assign In law: To transfer or make over to another the right one has in any object, as in an estate, chose in action, or reversion, especially in trust for the security of creditors: rarely applied to testamentary transfers. To show or set forth with particularity: as, to assign error in a writ; to assign false judgment, To point out or substantiate as a charge: as, perjury cannot be assigned on an oath taken without the jurisdiction of the officer administering it.
    • assign Adduce, Allege, etc. (see adduce); to determine, give, name, present.
    • n assign Assignment; appointment.
    • n assign Design; purpose; object.
    • n assign A person to whom the property or interest of another is or may be transferred: as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.
    • n assign [Assign is a broader word than assignee. The assignees of a person are usually understood to mean those who take immediately from him, by his assignment; the assigns of a person include all who acquire title under his transfer, immediately or remotely.]
    • n assign A thing pertaining to something else; an appurtenance; an appendage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first nation to ally with the USA during the Persian Gulf war was Canada. However, their soldiers were deemed unfit for combat and assigned to guard duty.
    • v.t Assign as-sīn′ to sign or mark out to one: to allot: to appoint: to allege: to transfer: to ascribe or refer to: to suggest: to fix, as a time: to point out exactly
    • n Assign one to whom any property or right is made over:
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.”
  • Jan Patocka
    Jan Patocka
    “The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Goals should be SMART: S = Specific M = Measurable A = Assignable (who does what) R = Realistic T = Time-Related”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L. assignare,; ad, + signare, to mark, mark out, designate, signum, mark, sign. See Sign


In literature:

These officers would replace the military police personnel currently assigned to training teams.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
A small proportion of any body of troops on the march, to whom the care of the whole baggage is assigned.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We were not long in being assigned to the bunks that we were to occupy during our stay.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
We may, however, infer generally from their accounts the influences which they assigned to the zodiacal signs.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
Assignment of front to units.= The commander assigns to subordinates the front to be occupied by them.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Pavier: By assignment from Th.
"The Critics Versus Shakspere" by Francis A. Smith
Assign for Night Work the following articles in Bowditch: Arts.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
They're assigned to your squad room.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
The character assigned to images varies with stages of culture.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Marjorie awaited the turn of the sophomores to be assigned to a seat with inward trepidation.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester

In poetry:

No task, to human hands assigned,
Excels in force and weight
The grave responsibilities
Of those who educate.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Sure there are Charms by Heav'n assign'd
To modish Life alone,
A Grace, an Air, a Taste refin'd,
To vulgar Souls unknown.
"The Birth Of Fashion, A Specimen Of A Modern Ode" by Christopher Anstey
Oh, late withdrawn from human-kind
And following dreams we never knew!
Varus, what dream has Fate assigned
To trouble you?
"The Portent" by Rudyard Kipling
Now names to these four streams assign,
And then connect the same;
And instant on the page will shine
A holy martyr's name;
"Enigma XLVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
He is sent by Heaven assign'd,
All our earthly ties to sever;
But the beauties of the mind,
Shall survive and last for ever.
"Address To Beauty" by Elizabeth Bath
Or to some plant with tendrils fine,
With blossoms sweet and gay,
This office I would now assign;
But flowers will all decay!
"Vignette - V" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ranger Allen Mills was recently assigned to be the new game warden for Dodge County.
Chad McGary is the first Washington Fish and Wildlife officer assigned to a rural gang unit.
13 On Special Assignment with Kim Holland.
So your first assignment is to truly understand what the gatekeeper 's job really is.
New president assigned to National Defense University.
The Defense Department's recent general officer assignments include new posts to the National Defense University and acquisition positions.
In New York City, the early months of the year are known for two things: Cheek chilling winds of a bitter nature, and assigned biographies of famous people.
HE lobbies of Manhattan's luxury apartment buildings are considered plum assignments in the interior decorating trade: walk-through showcases for designers' work that are seen daily by residents and guests.
Olympic women's hoops tap Glencliff High product for Olympic assignment.
Warner Bros heist pic moves forward with director assignment.
Bill Stumpff, a Sugar Beet Days volunteer, helps a vendor find her assigned space Friday as set up for the two-day arts and crafts fair begins.
SAN FRANCISCO--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following North Slope Borough, Alaska (the borough) bonds.
Moody's confirms Spain's government bond rating, assigns negative outlook.
Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday confirmed its rating on Spain's government debt but assigned a negative outlook, signaling that a downgrade is still possible in the coming months.
Colorado assigned goalie Trevor Cann from Tulsa (CHL) to Lake Erie.

In science:

It has properties such as weakening where it may have unused assignments, strengthening where unused assignments can be removed, permutation where the order of assignments is irrelevant, and contraction where assignments can be used more than once.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
In the same way we would not assign any physical reality to the lines of a Feynman diagram, we should not directly assign a physical meaning to the string world sheet.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
One must assign boundary conditions to each of these boundary segments, and to each insertion point one must assign a boundary field .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
X G p,q as in Proposition 2.4: All vertices in infinite connected components in X G p,q are assigned value r , whereas the vertices of each finite connected component C are assigned value σ(x), where x is the vertex in C that minimizes U ∗ (x).
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
We therefore depict a cat state by a line with n nodes on it, distinguishing the first node from the others by by assigning a black circle to it compared with empty circles assigned to others (fig. (2)).
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing