Definition of assignment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈsaɪnmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪnmənt//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a task or piece of work that somebody 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 set myself a tough assignment. a business/special assignment
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of giving something to somebody; the act of giving somebody a particular task his assignment to other duties in the same company
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French assignement, from medieval Latin assignamentum, from Latin assignare ‘allot’, from ad- ‘to’ + signare ‘to sign’.Extra examples The photographer is on assignment in China at the moment. The students handed in their assignments. The teacher gave us an assignment on pollution. Why did you take on this assignment if you’re so busy? an assignment on Roman history an assignment on modern lifestyles He refused to accept the assignment. I’d set myself a tough assignment. She’s in Greece on an assignment for one of the national newspapers. She’s on assignment in Greece at the moment. You will be expected to complete three written assignments.
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