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as·sign  audio  (-sn) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
  1. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.
  2. To select for a duty or office; appoint: firefighters assigned to the city's industrial park.
  3. To give out as a task; allot: assigned homework to the class.
  4. To ascribe; attribute: sorted the rocks by assigning them to different categories. See Synonyms at attribute.
  5. Law To transfer (property, rights, or interests) from one to another.
  6. To place (a person or a military unit) under a specific command.
NOUN:
Law
An assignee.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English assignen, from Old French assigner, from Latin assignre : ad-, ad- + signre, to mark (from signum, sign; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots)

OTHER FORMS:
as·signa·bili·ty(Noun), as·signa·ble(Adjective), as·signa·bly(Adverb), as·signer(Noun)


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