Definitions for Assignmentəˈsaɪn mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•sign•ment*əˈsaɪn mənt(n.)

  1. something assigned, as a particular task or duty.

  2. a position of responsibility, post of duty, or the like, to which one is appointed.

  3. an act of assigning; appointment.

  4. the transfer of property, as to assignees for the benefit of creditors. the instrument of transfer.

    Category: Law

* Syn: See task.

Origin of assignment:

1350–1400; ME < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assignment, duty assignment(noun)

    a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

    "hazardous duty"

  2. assignment(noun)

    the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another

  3. assignment, assigning(noun)

    the act of distributing something to designated places or persons

    "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"

  4. grant, assignment(noun)

    (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance

  5. assignment(noun)

    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)

  6. appointment, assignment, designation, naming(noun)

    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

    "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. assignment(noun)əˈsaɪn mənt

    a piece of work or a job

    a written assignment; a dangerous assignment


  1. assignment(Noun)

    the act of assigning, or an assigned task

  2. assignment(Noun)

    a position to which someone is assigned

  3. assignment(Noun)

    a task given to students, homework or coursework

  4. assignment(Noun)

    a transfer of something from one person to another, especially property, or a claim or right; the document that effects this transfer

  5. assignment(Noun)

    an operation that assigns a value to a variable

  6. Origin: assignement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assignment(noun)

    an allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court

  2. Assignment(noun)

    a transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands

  3. Assignment(noun)

    the writing by which an interest is transferred

  4. Assignment(noun)

    the transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the benefit of creditors


  1. Assignment

    In computer programming, an assignment statement sets and/or re-sets the value stored in the storage location denoted by a variable name, in other words, it copies the value into the variable. In most imperative programming languages, the assignment statement is a fundamental construct. Today, the most commonly used notation for this basic operation has come to be x = expr followed by x := expr, although there are many other notations in use. In some languages the symbol used is regarded as an operator while others define the assignment as a statement. Assignments typically allow a variable to hold different values at different times during its life-span and scope. However, some languages does not allow that kind of "destructive" re-assignment, as it might imply changes of non-local state. The purpose is to enforce referential transparency, i.e. functions that do not depend on the state of some variable, but produce the same results for a given set of parametric inputs at any point in time. Modern programs in other languages also often use similar strategies, although less strict, and only in certain parts, in order to reduce complexity, normally in conjunction with complementing methodologies such as data structuring, structured programming and object orientation.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Assignment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3553

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Assignment' in Nouns Frequency: #2041

Translations for Assignment

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a duty assigned to someone

You must complete this assignment by tomorrow.

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