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verb [transitive] [often passive] assign pronunciation in British English /əˈsaɪn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyassign
he/she/itassigns
present participleassigning
past tenseassigned
past participleassigned
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  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 learners’ group.
  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.

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