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Definition of assign verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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  • 3 [ usually passive ] assign somebody to somebody/something to send a person to work under the authority of someone or in a particular group I was assigned to B platoon.
  • 4 to say that something has a particular value or function, or happens at a particular time or place assign something to something Assign a different color to each different type of information. assign something sth The painting cannot be assigned an exact date.
  • 5 assign something to somebody ( law ) to say that your property or rights now belong to someone else The agreement assigns copyright to the publisher. She has assigned the lease to her daughter.

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Meaning of assigned in English

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assign verb [T] ( CHOOSE )

  • Every available officer will be assigned to the investigation .
  • The textbooks were assigned by the course director .
  • Part of the group were assigned to clear land mines .
  • Each trainee is assigned a mentor who will help them learn more about the job .
  • We were assigned an interpreter for the duration of our stay .
  • accommodate
  • accommodate someone with something
  • administration
  • arm someone with something
  • hand something down
  • hand something in
  • hand something out
  • hand something over
  • reassignment

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

assign verb [T] ( SEND )

  • She was assigned to the Paris office .
  • All the team were assigned to Poland.
  • advertisement
  • employment agency
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • reinstatement
  • relocation expenses
  • testimonial

assign verb [T] ( COMPUTING )

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  • adaptive learning
  • additive manufacturing
  • hexadecimal
  • hill climbing
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assign verb [T] ( GIVE LEGALLY )

Phrasal verb, examples of assigned.

In English, many past and present participles of verbs can be used as adjectives. Some of these examples may show the adjective use.


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Synonyms of assignment

  • as in lesson
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Thesaurus Definition of assignment

Synonyms & Similar Words

  • responsibility
  • undertaking
  • requirement
  • designation
  • appointment
  • authorization
  • installment
  • installation
  • destination
  • emplacement
  • investiture
  • singling (out)

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

  • dethronement

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How does the noun assignment contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of assignment are chore , duty , job , stint , and task . While all these words mean "a piece of work to be done," assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

When is it sensible to use chore instead of assignment ?

While the synonyms chore and assignment are close in meaning, chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

When is duty a more appropriate choice than assignment ?

Although the words duty and assignment have much in common, duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

When might job be a better fit than assignment ?

The synonyms job and assignment are sometimes interchangeable, but job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

When could stint be used to replace assignment ?

In some situations, the words stint and assignment are roughly equivalent. However, stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

When can task be used instead of assignment ?

The meanings of task and assignment largely overlap; however, task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

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“Assignment.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/assignment. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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A task is a unit of work that is usually assigned to some participant in a step, and is part of a larger process.

Tasks are assigned to various participants involved in a process. When tasks are getting completed by participants, the process moves forward automatically. Tasks have to be created and stored in the library in order for the Onboarding (Transitions) administrator to configure them into steps which then get assigned to participants in the right sequence to form a coherent process for each new hire.

Task Action

Each task must contain a task action and a related source (except manual tasks and content tasks). Related sources tell the system what source material, such as a form or message, to access to complete the task. When you create a task, you specify the action to be performed and the related source for the action.

When creating a task, the Type drop-down list allows you to classify the nature of the task you are creating. This classification will help others identify the nature of the specific task in Onboarding (Transitions).

Task Priority

Priority is useful for indicating the relative urgency with which a task should be executed: Low, Normal or High. Note that Priority is simply a helpful indicator; it has no direct effect on the system's behavior. It does not control any due dates (driven by the Duration field), affect the timing of task assignments (driven by the links and conditions) or have any effect on any sequence on candidates' Tasks tab (driven by sequence).


You may designate that special correspondence, called notifications, be sent to the assignee or owner of the task. There are two notifications:

Task Assignment Correspondence: A message is sent to the assignee informing him/her that a task has been assigned. Often, the Onboarding (Transitions) administrator can choose the same standard message each time a task gets assigned. However, sometimes a process is configured to assign several tasks at the same time to the same assignee(s). In this case, it is likely overwhelming to send the same email for each. Instead, the Onboarding (Transitions) administrator can choose to remove these notifications from every parallel task. The Onboarding (Transitions) administrator can use a modified message template which describes all of the simultaneous tasks that the assignee will find when clicking the link to visit their task list. Another best practice is to use the notification for the first assigned task as the overall kick-off for the process, introducing the candidate/new hire to the whole concept of the Career Section as the home for their newly-launched process. Sometimes the Onboarding (Transitions) administrator might choose to communicate this information in a correspondence task before any actionable tasks get assigned to the candidate/new hire. But this is not always necessary, if the first task's notification can deliver the same introductory information, thus the process configuration might be simplified in this way.

Task Completion Correspondence: Once the task is completed, a message is sent to the process owner or supervisor.

You may also designate that reminders be sent to the task assignee or the task owner a specified number of days before or after the task due date.

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Example sentences assign a task

And what better way to find the perfect candidate than to assign the task to his super-efficient secretary?
They will clock in with an app and be assigned tasks from delivering equipment to hospitals to calling vulnerable people in isolation at home.
Guess who was assigned the task of repairing and maintaining those contraptions?
Then another reporter was assigned the task of cleaning up their section of the press box after the game.
After clocking on, you are assigned a task .

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    1. to set apart or mark for a specific purpose; designate assign a day for the meeting 2. to place at some task or duty; appoint

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