Definition of assignment in English:

assignment

Line breaks: as¦sign|ment
Pronunciation: /əˈsʌɪnm(ə)nt
 
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noun

  • 1A task or piece of work allocated to someone as part of a job or course of study: a homework assignment
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    • You've got to do your homework, complete class assignments and study for tests.
    • In this discussion we offer an overview of the guiding premises and the reading and writing assignments of the course.
    • We both have people to talk to occasionally, and to call if we forgot a homework assignment, and study with and such, but neither us have had a real, actual friend since middle school.
    Synonyms
    task, piece of work, piece of business, job, duty, chore, charge, labour, function, commission, mission, errand, engagement, occupation, undertaking, exercise, business, office, responsibility, detail, endeavour, enterprise; piece of research, project, homework, prep
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The allocation of a job or task to someone: the effective assignment of tasks
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    • What is the typical field worker's task assignment for the day?
    • They expect employees will be out on assignment for much of their time so they will not need the space which would once have been their base.
    • This would make a great difference in a situation where a destroyer developed critical problems while on assignment away from its base.
  • 3An act of making a legal transfer of a right or liability: an assignment of leasehold property
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    • Moreover, transferees under an equitable assignment need to join the transferor when suing the debtor/obligor.
    • There was no conveyance, assignment or transfer.
    • An assignment by the mortgagee is not such an action or proceeding.
    Synonyms
    transfer, making over, giving, passing on, handing down, conveyance, consignment, alienation; Law demise, devise, attornment
  • 3.1A document effecting a legal transfer of a right or liability.
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    • It is important to note that para 25 does no more, but no less, than to preserve the legal effect of a pre-commencement assignment or agreement to assign.
    • At this stage there is a lot of paper work to be completed such as, direct debits, life assignments, legal documents.
    • The Court disregards the opinion of any witness for either side as to what constitutes an assignment document!

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French assignement, from medieval Latin assignamentum, from Latin assignare 'allot' (see assign).

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