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assignment

noun uk   /əˈsaɪn.mənt/ us  
B1 [C] a piece of work given to someone, typically as part of their studies or job: a freelance/photo assignment I have a lot of reading assignments to complete before the end of term. [C] a job that someone is sent somewhere to do: a foreign/diplomatic assignment on assignment Someone who is on assignment is doing a particular job or piece of work, usually in a particular place where they have been sent for a period of time: Both journalists were killed by terrorists while on assignment in the Middle East. [U] the process of giving a particular job or piece of work to someone, or of sending someone to a chosen place to do a job: assignment of the various tasks
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