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Meaning of “assign” in the English Dictionary

"assign" in British English

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assignverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈsaɪn/
  • assign verb [T] (CHOOSE)

C1 [often passive] to give a ​particularjob or ​piece of ​work to someone: [+ two objects] UN ​troops were assigned the ​task of ​rebuilding the ​hospital. The ​case has been assigned toour most ​seniorofficer. 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 ​interviewsyet? If you assign a ​characteristic or ​value to something, you say that it has it: Each ​visitor to the ​sitechooses an ​onlinealterego, which is assigned a ​name. 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 toinadequatesafetyregulations.

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  • assign verb [T] (SEND)

C2 to ​send someone ​somewhere to do a ​job: She was assigned to the newspaper's Berlin ​office.

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  • She was assigned to the Paris ​office.
  • All the ​team were assigned to Poland.
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(Definition of assign from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"assign" in American English

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assignverb [T]

 us   /əˈsɑɪn/
to give to someone a ​job or ​responsibility, or to ​decide on a ​person for a ​particularjob or ​responsibility: We assigned Alberto the ​task of ​watching the ​children. Someone who is assigned to a ​place is ​sent there to do a ​job: Judith was assigned to the ​office in Washington, D.C. If you assign things to ​people, you give them out in an ​organized way: We’re assigning ​seats on a first-come, first-serve ​basis.
(Definition of assign from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"assign" in Business English

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assignverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈsaɪn/
to give a particular ​job or ​piece of ​work to someone: assign tasks/responsibilities/objectives, etc. (to sb) The ​documentoutlines how the ​organization will be ​run and how ​researchtasks will be assigned.assign sb to do sth They assigned him to ​analysecomputerrecords to ​look for ​signs of ​fraud.
HR to ​send someone to ​work in a particular ​place or do a particular ​job: assign sb to sth Each ​individual was assigned to a ​teamrepresenting a ​majorstakeholder.be assigned to sth I've been assigned to the ​financedepartment on a ​temporarybasis. Over the past decade, the ​organization has ​doubled its ​number of ​managers assigned abroad.
to give something, for ​example a particular ​amount of ​time or ​money, for a particular ​purpose: assign sth to sth They assigned a large ​sum of ​money to ​research and ​development. Locals are frustrated that of the $110bn assigned by ​Congress in ​reliefaid, only $53bn has actually been ​spent.assign sth to sb Each ​employee will be assigned an ​individualworkarea, with a ​desk and ​shelving.
FINANCE to decide that something has a particular ​value or ​level: assign sth to sth Because most of the ​companies in which the ​fund has ​invested are ​private, the fund's ​managers have had to assign them a ​marketvalue. Buyers are being ​trained to use a ​spreadsheet to assign a ​cost to every ​step of completing a ​sale.
FINANCE, LAW to give your ​rights to a ​property, etc. to someone else, either by ​selling them or preparing a ​legaldocument as an ​agreement: Assigning ​ownershiprights to ​employees can ​helpkeepcertaincosts down.
IT if a ​computer, ​website, etc. assigns something, it gives a ​value to it so that a ​connection can be made between the ​data and the ​user: Internet Service Providers ​automatically assign IP ​addresses to their ​customers.
(Definition of assign from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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