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English definition of “assign”

assign

verb [T] (CHOOSE)    /əˈsaɪn/
C1 [often passive] to give a particular job or piece of work to someone: [+ two objects] UN troops were assigned the task of rebuilding the hospital . The case has been assigned to our most senior officer .Giving, providing and supplying If you assign a time for a job or activity , you decide it will be done during that time : Have you assigned a day for the interviews yet ?Decisions and deciding If you assign a characteristic or value to something, you say that it has it: Each visitor to the site chooses an online alter ego , which is assigned a name . Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value to decide a reason for something: Detectives have been unable to assign a motive for the murder . The report assigned the blame for the accident to inadequate safety regulations .Defining and explaining
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