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"assignment" in British English

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assignmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈsaɪn.mənt/
B1 [C] a ​piece of ​work given to someone, ​typically as ​part of ​theirstudies 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 ​sentsomewhere to do: a ​foreign/​diplomatic assignmenton assignment Someone who is on assignment is doing a ​particularjob or ​piece of ​work, usually in a ​particularplace where they have been ​sent for a ​period of ​time: Both ​journalists were ​killed by ​terrorists while on assignment in the ​region. [U] the ​process of giving a ​particularjob or ​piece of ​work to someone, or of ​sending someone to a ​chosenplace to do a ​job: assignment of the ​varioustasks

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(Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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assignmentnoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈsɑɪn·mənt/
a ​particularjob or ​responsibility given to you: [C] The ​homework assignment was to ​readChapter 2 in ​ourhistorybook.
(Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"assignment" in Business English

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assignmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈsaɪnmənt/
[C] a ​task or a ​piece of ​work that is given to someone to do, often for a ​limitedperiod of ​time: a six-month assignment Solving the industry's ​infrastructure problems while satisfying ​shareholders is going to be a tough assignment.give sb an assignment Our ​team was given an assignment to ​find the ​gaps in the ​market. accept/​refuse/take on an assignment carry out/complete/​finish an assignmentglobal/international/overseas, etc. assignment One 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 ​finalexamination.
[U] the ​process of giving someone a particular ​job, ​task, or ​responsibility: The ​restructuring will ​requirechanging the assignment of ​responsibilities and ​reportingrelationships.
[C or U] LAW the ​act of giving something that belongs to you, such as a ​property or a ​financialagreement, to somebody else: The Agreement will ​terminateautomatically in the ​event of its assignment. The assignment of alegal 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 ​agreedamount of ​time: The photographer died while on assignment in the ​warzone.
(Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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