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Definition of assignment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a task or piece of work that someone is given to do, usually as part of their job or studies You will need to complete three written assignments per semester. She is in Greece on an assignment for one of the Sunday newspapers. one of our reporters on assignment in China I had given myself a tough assignment. a business/special assignment
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of giving something to someone; the act of giving someone a particular task his assignment to other duties in the same company
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