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Old French assigner


  • IPA(key): /əˈsaɪn/
  • Hyphenation: as‧sign
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪn


assign (third-person singular simple present assigns, present participle assigning, simple past and past participle assigned)

  1. (transitive) To designate or set apart something for some purpose.
    to assign a day for trial
  2. (transitive) To appoint or select someone for some office.
    to assign counsel for a prisoner
  3. (transitive) To allot or give something as a task.
    • Robert Southey (1774-1843)
      The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better station than that in which his lot had been assigned.
    • William H. Prescott (1796-1859)
      He assigned to his men their several posts.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      Captain Edward Carlisle [] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, []; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  4. (transitive) To attribute or sort something into categories.
  5. (transitive, law) To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another.
  6. (transitive, programming) To give (a value) to a variable.
    We assign 100 to x.

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assign (plural assigns)

  1. An assignee.
  2. (obsolete) A thing relating or belonging to something else; an appurtenance.
    • Shakespeare
      Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdles, hangers, and so.