1. [syn: assignment, assigning]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Assign \As*sign"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assigned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Assigning.] [OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L.
assignare; ad + signare to mark, mark out, designate, signum
mark, sign. See Sign.]
1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
In the order I assign to them. --Loudon.
The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better
station than that in which his lot had been
He assigned to his men their several posts.
2. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out
authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to
assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.
All as the dwarf the way to her assigned. --Spenser.
It is not easy to assign a period more eventful.
3. (Law) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to
transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called
assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
To assign dower, to set out by metes and bounds the widow's
share or portion in an estate. --Kent.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of distributing something to designated places or
persons; "the first task is the assignment of an address to
each datum" [syn: assignment, assigning]