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Assign appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Debating is sad if I’d assign it a bed.
  • Top sedating is safer at Eli’s, as I let a ref assign it a despot.
  • "Now an infidel god," I am remonstrating, "is sad if I’d assign it arts no mermaid ogled if Nina won."
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The word assign and its family (assigned, assigning, assignment, assignments, assigns, reassign, reassigned, reassigning, reassigns, unassigned) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the noun assign

What does assign mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: assigns

  1. An assignee.

Definition of the verb assign

What does assign mean as a doing word?

Assign is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: assigned | assigning | assigns

  1. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  2. give out
  3. attribute or credit to
  4. select something or someone for a specific purpose
    • example: The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of assign: set apart / specify
    • more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
    • more specific words:
      • dedicate = set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
      • detail = assign to a specific task
  5. attribute or give
  6. make undue claims to having
  7. transfer one's right to
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: transfer = cause to change ownership
  8. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
    • example: The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of assign: attribute
    • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
    • more specific words: classify / relegate = assign to a class or kind

Alternative definition of the verb assign


  1. [transitive] To designate or set apart something for some purpose.
  2. [transitive] To appoint or select someone for some office.
  3. [transitive] To allot or give something as a task.
  4. [transitive] To attribute or sort something into categories.
  5. [transitive] [legal] To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for assign

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Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1910)

The word assign means to transfer, or make over.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1996)

Volume 34 - Supplement 19: Artificial Intelligence in Education to An Undergraduate Course?Advising Expert System in Industrial Engineering by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

For example, ASSIGN is a binary relationship (Fig. la). Sometimes, an association involves three entities; such a relationship is called a ternary relationship. For example, if one needs to show the skills used by an employee in a given project, ...

Google previewUSPTO Image File Wrapper Petition Decisions 0395

A typical agreement to assign is an employment agreement ...

Google previewComputer Security - ESORICS 2010 (2010)

15th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Athens, Greece, September 20-22, 2010. Proceedings by Dimitris Gritzalis, Bart Preneel, Marianthi Theoharidou

Assign is a probabilistic algorithm, which, given specification of access rights X = X1 ×···× XD ⊆ T and secret information sec, outputs private information SX. Derive is a deterministic algorithm, which, on input access rights X = X1 ×···×X D, ...

Google previewStudies in the Hegelian Dialectic (2011)

by John McTaggart, John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

We shall clearly be more likely to succeed in this, in proportion as the cause we assign is a purely negative one. The appearance of imperfection was accounted for by Hegel as a delusion of our own minds. Now a delusion is as much a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

ASSIGN, in common law, a person to whom a thing is assigned or made over. The word assign is said to have been introduced in favour of natural children ; who, because they cannot pass by the name of heirs, are compared under that of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1899)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

On admitting a person to sue or defend in forma pauperis it is usual for the court to assign him counsel,1 who must ordinarily act without compensation.3 Hot Heard in Person. — In England it is held that a poor person who has had counsel ...

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Sign Language BYU Assign #2 E1C6C9F3 EEE6 4C92 917A ADF19FE9FEFE

Quotes about assign

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none. (Christian Nestell Bovee)
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Scrabble value of A1S1S1I1G2N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ASSIGN

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