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assign

verb [T] uk   /əˈsaɪn/ us  

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.

assign verb [T] (SEND)

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

assign verb [T] (COMPUTING)

specialized computing to put a value in a particular position in the memory of a computer

assign verb [T] (GIVE LEGALLY)

specialized law to give property, money, or rights using a legal process: Her property was assigned to her grandchildren.
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