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NOUN (6)

1. a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces);
- Example: "hazardous duty"
[syn: assignment, duty assignment]

2. the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another;

3. the act of distributing something to designated places or persons;
- Example: "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"
[syn: assignment, assigning]

4. (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance;
[syn: grant, assignment]

5. an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor);

6. the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
- Example: "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
[syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Assignment \As*sign"ment\, n. [LL. assignamentum: cf. OF. assenement.] 1. An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands. (b) The writing by which an interest is transferred. (c) The transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the benefit of creditors. [1913 Webster] Assignment of dower, the setting out by metes and bounds of the widow's thirds or portion in the deceased husband's estate, and allotting it to her. [1913 Webster] Note: Assignment is also used in law as convertible with specification; assignment of error in proceedings for review being specification of error; and assignment of perjury or fraud in indictment being specifications of perjury or fraud. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

assignment n 1: a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces); "hazardous duty" [syn: assignment, duty assignment] 2: the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another 3: 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] 4: (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance [syn: grant, assignment] 5: an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor) 6: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee" [syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

212 Moby Thesaurus words for "assignment": abalienation, accession, accounting for, agency, agentship, alienation, allocation, allotment, amortization, amortizement, anointing, anointment, answerability, application, appointment, apportionment, appropriation, arrogation, ascription, assignation, assumption, attachment, attribution, authority, authorization, bargain and sale, barter, bequeathal, blame, brevet, busywork, care, cession, chalk talk, chare, charge, chore, collocation, commendation, commission, commissioning, commitment, conferment, conferral, connection with, consecration, consignation, consignment, conveyance, conveyancing, coronation, credit, cure, deeding, delegated authority, delegation, deliverance, delivery, demise, denomination, deployment, deposit, deposition, deputation, derivation from, designation, determination, devoir, devolution, devolvement, discourse, disposal, disposition, disquisition, distribution, duty, earmarking, election, embassy, emplacement, empowerment, enfeoffment, entrusting, entrustment, errand, etiology, exchange, executorship, exequatur, exercise, exposition, factorship, fish to fry, fixing, full power, giving, giving out, harangue, homework, homily, honor, imputation, incumbency, infeodation, infeudation, instruction, job, job of work, jurisdiction, labor, lading, lease and release, lecture, lecture-demonstration, legation, legitimate succession, lesson, liability, license, lieutenancy, loading, localization, locating, location, make-work, mandate, matters in hand, mission, moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization, naming, nomination, object lesson, obligation, odd job, office, ordainment, ordination, packing, palaetiology, piece of work, pinning down, pinpointing, placement, placing, plenipotentiary power, position, positioning, post, posting, power of attorney, power to act, preachment, precision, procuration, project, proxy, purview, putting, recital, recitation, reference to, regency, regentship, relegation, remanding, reposition, responsibility, saddling, sale, seizure, selection, sermon, service, set task, setting aside, settlement, settling, signification, situation, skull session, specification, spotting, stationing, stint, stipulation, storage, stowage, succession, surrender, tabbing, tagging, taking over, talk, task, teaching, things to do, trading, transfer, transference, transferral, transmission, transmittal, trust, trusteeship, usurpation, vesting, vicarious authority, warrant, work
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

assignment Storing the value of an expression in a variable. This is commonly written in the form "v = e". In Algol the assignment operator was ":=" (pronounced "becomes") to avoid mathematicians qualms about writing statements like x = x+1. Assignment is not allowed in functional languages, where an identifier always has the same value. See also referential transparency, single assignment, zero assignment. (1996-08-19)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ASSIGNMENT, contracts. In common parlance this word signifies the transfer of all kinds of property, real, personal, and mixed, and whether the same be in possession or in action; as, a general assignment. In a more technical sense it Is usually applied to the transfer of a term for years; but it is more properly used to signify a transfer of some particular estate or interest in lands. 2. The proper technical words of an assignment are, assign, transfer, and set over; but the words grant, bargain, and sell, or any other words which will show the intent of the parties to make a complete transfer, will amount to an assignment. 3. A chose in action cannot be assigned at law, though it may be done in equity; but the assignee takes it subject to all the equity to which it was liable in the hands of the original party. 2 John. Ch. Rep. 443, and the cases there cited. 2 Wash. Rep. 233. 4. The deed by which an assignment is made,, is also called an assignment. Vide, generally, Com. Dig. h.t.; Bac. Ab. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.; Nelson's Ab. h.t.; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 2612. In relation to general assignments, see Angell on Assignments, passim; 1 Hate & Wall. Sel. Dec. 78- 85. 5. By an assignment of a right all the accessories which belong to it, will pass with it as, if the assignor of a bond had collateral security, or a lien on property, the collateral security and the lien will pass with the assignment of the bond. 2 Penn. 361; 3 Bibb, 291; 4 B. Munroe, 529; 2 Drev. n. 218; 1 P. St. R. 454. 6. The assignment of a thing also carries with it all that belongs to it by right of accession; if, therefore, the thing produce interest or rent, the interest or the arrearages of the rent since the assignment, will belong to the assignee. 7 John. Cas. 90 6 Pick. 360.