Meaning of “assign” in the English Dictionary

"assign" in English

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assignverb [ T ]

uk /əˈsaɪn/ us /əˈsaɪn/

assign verb [ T ] (CHOOSE)

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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 particular job 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 /əˈsaɪn/ us

to give a particular job or piece of work to someone:

assign tasks/responsibilities/objectives, etc. (to sb) The document outlines how the organization will be run and how research tasks will be assigned.
assign sb to do sth They assigned him to analyse computer records 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 team representing a major stakeholder.
be assigned to sth I've been assigned to the finance department on a temporary basis.
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 relief aid, only $53bn has actually been spent.
assign sth to sb Each employee will be assigned an individual work area, 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 market value.
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 legal document as an agreement:

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)