assign
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner, from Latin assignare, from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign Date: 13th century 1. to transfer (property) to another especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors 2. a. to appoint to a post or duty <
assigned them to light duty
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assigned me two clerks
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b. to appoint as a duty or task <
assigns 20 pages for homework
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3. to fix or specify in correspondence or relationship <
assign counsel to the defendant
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assign a value to the variable
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4. a. to ascribe as a motive, reason, or cause especially after deliberation b. to consider to belong to (a specified period of time) Synonyms: see ascribeassignability nounassignable adjectiveassigner or assignor noun II. noun Date: 15th century assignee 3 <
heirs and assigns
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  • assign — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. assiginer (13c.) assign, set (a date, etc.); appoint legally; allot, from L. assignare to mark out, to allot by sign, assign, award, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + signare make a sign, from signum mark (see SIGN (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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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

  • Assign — As*sign , 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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