Definition of


  1. (verb, social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  2. (verb, possession) give out
  3. (verb, cognition) attribute or credit to
    People impute great cleverness to cats
  4. (verb, cognition) select something or someone for a specific purpose
  5. (verb, consumption) attribute or give
    He put all his efforts into this job
    The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story
  6. (verb, possession) make undue claims to having
  7. (verb, possession) transfer one's right to
  8. (verb, cognition) decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Assign

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. assigner (13c.), from L. assignare "to mark out, to allot by sign," from ad- "to" + signare "make a sign," from signum "mark" (see sign). Main original use was in Eng. law, in transferences of personal property. General meaning "to fix, settle, determine, appoint" is from c.1300. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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