- 1to give somebody something that they can use, or some work or responsibility assign something (to somebody) The two large classrooms have been assigned to us. The teacher assigned a different task to each of the children. assign somebody something We have been assigned the two large classrooms. The teacher assigned each of the children a different task.
- 2to provide a person for a particular task or position assign somebody (to something/as something) They've assigned their best man to the job. assign somebody to do something British forces have been assigned to help with peacekeeping.
- 3[usually passive] assign somebody to somebody/something to send a person to work under the authority of somebody or in a particular group I was assigned to B platoon.
- 4to say that something has a particular value or function, or happens at a particular time or place assign something to something Assign a different colour to each different type of information. assign something sth The painting cannot be assigned an exact date.
- 5assign something to somebody (law) to say that your property or rights now belong to somebody else The agreement assigns copyright to the publisher. She has assigned the lease to her daughter. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French asigner, assiner, from Latin assignare, from ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈsaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assign
BrE BrE//əˈsaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪn//he / she / it assigns
BrE BrE//əˈsaɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪnz//past simple assigned
BrE BrE//əˈsaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪnd//past participle assigned
BrE BrE//əˈsaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪnd//-ing form assigning
BrE BrE//əˈsaɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪnɪŋ//