assignment Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “assignment” in the English Dictionary

"assignment" in British English

See all translations

assignmentnoun

uk   /əˈsaɪn.mənt/  us   /əˈsaɪn.mənt/
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 region.
[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

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"assignment" in American English

See all translations

assignmentnoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈsɑɪn·mənt/
a particular job or responsibility given to you: [C] The homework assignment was to read Chapter 2 in our history book.
(Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"assignment" in Business English

See all translations

assignmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈsaɪnmənt/
[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 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 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] LAW the 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.
(Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of assignment?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“assignment” in Business English

A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
by ,
May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More