›[C]a task or a piece of work that is given to someone to do, often for a limited period of time: a six-month assignmentSolving the industry's infrastructure problems while satisfying shareholders is going to be a tough assignment.give sb an assignmentOur team was given an assignment to find the gaps in the market.accept/refuse/take on an assignmentcarry out/complete/finish an assignmentglobal/international/overseas, etc. assignmentOne of his first overseas assignments was as a junior in a delegation to Moscow. Assessment for the course will be based on four written assignments and a final examination.
›[U]the process of giving someone a particular job, task, or responsibility: The restructuring will require changing the assignment of responsibilities and reporting relationships.
›[C or U]LAWthe act of giving something that belongs to you, such as a property or a financial agreement, to somebody else: The Agreement will terminate automatically in the event of its assignment.The assignment of a legal lease must be in the form of a deed to be effective.
on assignment›someone who is on assignment is doing a job in a particular place, usually for an agreed amount of time: The photographer died while on assignment in the war zone.