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assign (v.)

c. 1300, "to transfer, convey, bequeath (property); appoint (to someone a task to be done); order, direct (someone to do something); fix, settle, determine; appoint or set (a time); indicate, point out," from Old French assigner "assign, set (a date, etc.); appoint legally; allot" (13c.), from Latin assignare/adsignare "to mark out, to allot by sign, assign, award," from ad "to" (see ad-) + signare "make a sign," from signum "identifying mark, sign" (see sign (n.)). Its original use was in legal transfers of personal property. Related: Assigned; assigning.

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Definitions of assign from WordNet

assign (v.)
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person);
Synonyms: delegate / designate / depute
assign (v.)
give out;
We were assigned new uniforms
Synonyms: allot / portion
assign (v.)
attribute or credit to;
Synonyms: impute / ascribe / attribute
assign (v.)
select something or someone for a specific purpose;
The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise
Synonyms: specify / set apart
assign (v.)
attribute or give;
Synonyms: put
assign (v.)
make undue claims to having;
Synonyms: arrogate
assign (v.)
transfer one's right to;
assign (v.)
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme;
The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class
Synonyms: attribute
From wordnet.princeton.edu