Definitions of assign

  1. give out; " We were assigned new uniforms"
  2. make undue claims to having
  3. attribute or credit to; " We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; " People impute great cleverness to cats"
  4. give an assignment to ( a person) to a post, or assign a task to ( a person)
  5. select something or someone for a specific purpose; " The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
  6. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; " The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
  7. transfer one's right to
  8. give out or allot; " We were assigned new uniforms"
  9. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
  10. 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.
  11. To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
  12. A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance.
  13. A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.
  14. To transfer or pass over property to another, whether for the benefit of the assignee or of the assignor's creditors, or in furtherance of some trust.
  15. To allot; to appoint; mark out; apportion; make over; fix; to set apart for a particular purpose; point out exactly; to transfer or make over to another, as for the benefit of creditors.
  16. One to whom property or interest is left or made over by will or deed; as, a deed to a man, his heirs, and assigns.
  17. To sign or mark out to one: to allot: to appoint: to allege: to transfer.
  18. One to whom any property or right is made over.
  19. One to whom any right or property is assigned.
  20. To set apart; designate; appoint; allot; attribute.
  21. To make over, as property, to an assignee; make an assignment.
  22. A person to whom property, rights, or powers are transferred by another.
  23. A person to whom property or an interest is, or may be, transferred; an assignee.
  24. To allot; to apportion; to fix, specify, or designate; to appoint; to transfer; to allege or show in particular; to point out.
  25. To point out; to allot to; to transfer.
  26. A person to whom property is transferred.

Usage examples for assign

  1. Some hold these virtues in less estimation, and assign base and contemptible motives to those who indulge in our innocent sport. – The Ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper
  2. A glance at them would certainly make it impossible for any thoughtful person to assign a rational reason for their refusal- in rags, swarming with vermin, hungry, many of them living on scraps of food, begged or earned in the most haphazard fashion, without sufficient clothing to cover their poor gaunt limbs, most of them without a shirt. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  3. Like the vomiting of sea- sickness, however, previous stomach disorder has no necessary share in its production, and I may add, indeed, that it is often difficult to assign any special exciting cause for the attack. – The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases by Charles West, M.D.
  4. It is often impossible, in these political inquiries, to find any proportion between the apparent force of any moral causes we may assign and their known operation. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  5. But as this contains only the gross sums, and each of these was received in different payments, though at no great distance of time, I cannot therefore assign a great degree of accuracy to the account. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  6. He recommended therefore the King of Spain to render justice to whom justice was due, and to assign the succession of his monarchy to a son of France. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 3 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  7. You will assign to your uncle's sepulchre the group he planned to place there, and you will be able to hand over the statues in Via Mozza to his Excellency, receiving in return enough money to complete the monument. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  8. And if your present assertion is true, that they may be dispossessed before a judgment; it may be, other persons may assign other causes of the forfeiture, besides those which you assign, which may have been committed many years ago: for you cannot but know there have been persons in the province, that, for several years past, have publicly asserted, that the Lords have done facts, for which their charter was become forfeited. – An Historical Account Of The Rise And Progress Of The Colonies Of South Carolina And Georgia, Volume 1 by Alexander Hewatt
  9. In my capacity of audience I assign a high place to the agreeableness of Lord Rosebery's conversation. – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell
  10. We have seen that we can assign to a physical thing a place in the perspective space. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  11. A social change has occurred in the comparative importance we assign to childhood and age. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  12. For no reason that she could assign, and very much against her will, Johnnie's face flushed deeply. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  13. Furthermore, it is recommended that the teacher assign brief poems, either from our standard authors or from current literature, for full analysis and criticism. – Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism by F. V. N. Painter
  14. Having several Times, in my Travels, had Opportunity to observe the Labour and Manner of Life of great Numbers of Slaves, it appears to me that the true Medium is lamentably neglected by many, who assign them their Portion of Labour. – John Woolman's Journal by John Woolman Commentator: Vida Scudder
  15. I began to make a list of the workers who had joined us from Calcutta and to assign their duties to each. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  16. To assign such limits would be a wholly artificial procedure, and yet is one toward which there is sometimes too strong a tendency. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft