assign

To assign is to specify something or someone for a specific purpose. If your sisters fight over whose turn it is to sit in the front seat, your parents may have to assign turns.

The verb assign also means to transfer legal rights. You assign the deed to your house to new owners when you sell it. If you sort things into categories by characteristics, you are assigning them categories. When you make a budget, you assign each expense a category. Food and housing, for example, may be essential living expenses and medicine and doctor's visits may be health care. Chocolate gets its own category.

Definitions of assign
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v select something or someone for a specific purpose

“The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise”
Synonyms:
set apart, specify
Types:
dedicate
set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
detail
assign to a specific task
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

Synonyms:
delegate, depute, designate
Types:
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mandate
assign authority to
cast
select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
post
assign to a post; put into a post
cast
assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
devolve
pass on or delegate to another
task
assign a task to
place
place somebody in a particular situation or location
regiment
assign to a regiment
reassign, transfer
transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
delegate, depute
transfer power to someone
mandate
assign under a mandate
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
place
assign to (a job or a home)
recast
cast again, in a different role
miscast
cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
typecast
cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
second
transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
exchange
hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
tenure
give life-time employment to
bring up
promote from a lower position or rank
spot promote
promote on the spot
ennoble, entitle, gentle
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
sideline
remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position
reduce
bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
favor, favour, prefer
promote or prefer over another
brevet
promote somebody by brevet, in the military
Type of:
appoint, charge
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to

v decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

“The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class”
Synonyms:
attribute
Types:
classify, relegate
assign to a class or kind
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v give out

“We were assigned new uniforms”
Synonyms:
allot, portion
Types:
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allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
allocate, apportion
distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
reallocate, reapportion
allocate, distribute, or apportion anew
ration, ration out
distribute in rations, as in the army
award, present
give, especially as an honor or reward
Type of:
administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
administer or bestow, as in small portions

v attribute or give

Synonyms:
put
Types:
repose
put or confide something in a person or thing
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v attribute or credit to

Synonyms:
ascribe, attribute, impute
impute
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
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impute
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
ascribe to an origin in sensation
credit
give someone credit for something
reattribute
attribute to another source
anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize
ascribe human features to something
personate, personify
attribute human qualities to something
accredit, credit
ascribe an achievement to
blame, charge
attribute responsibility to
externalise, externalize, project
regard as objective
interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize
incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v transfer one's right to

Type of:
transfer
cause to change ownership

v make undue claims to having

Synonyms:
arrogate
Type of:
arrogate, claim, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

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