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assignment (n.)

late 14c., "an order, request, directive," from Old French assignement "(legal) assignment (of dower, etc.)," from Late Latin assignamentum, noun of action from Latin assignare/adsignare "to allot, assign, award" (see assign). Meaning "appointment to office" is mid-15c.; that of "a task assigned (to someone), commission" is by 1848.

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Definitions of assignment from WordNet

assignment (n.)
a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces);
Synonyms: duty assignment
assignment (n.)
the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another;
assignment (n.)
the act of distributing something to designated places or persons;
the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum
Synonyms: assigning
assignment (n.)
(law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance;
Synonyms: grant
assignment (n.)
an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor);
assignment (n.)
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
Synonyms: appointment / designation / naming
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