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verb [transitive] [often passive]     assign pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleassigning
past tenseassigned
past participleassigned
  1. 1
    to give someone a job to do
    be assigned to something:

    Two senior officers were assigned to the investigation.

    assign something to someone:

    It’s his job to assign tasks to the various members of the team.

    be assigned something:

    Mountbatten was assigned responsibility for retaking the territory.

  2. 2
    to send someone to a particular place, especially in order for them to work there
    be assigned to something:

    He was assigned to the company’s branch in Cairo.

  3. 3
    to put someone in a particular group
    be assigned to something:

    Tina has been assigned to the intermediate learnersgroup.

  4. 4
    to give someone money or equipment so that they can use it for a particular purpose
    be assigned something:

    I was assigned a car for my personal use.

  5. 5
    to decide that something has a particular name, use, or value
    be assigned something:

    The operation was assigned the code name ‘Rita’.

  6. 6
    to decide that something should take a particular amount of time

    I have assigned four hours for recording the data.

  7. 7
    legal to give someone the ownership of or rights to property
    be assigned to someone:

    All rights shall be assigned to the publisher.

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