Whether you’re an international spy with a new mission or a high school student with math homework — when you get an assignment, you’d better do it! An assignment is a task that someone in authority has asked you to do.

The word assignment is just the noun form of the common verb assign, which you use when you want to give someone a duty or a job. When you assign something, that something is called an assignment. The word can also refer to the act of distributing something. If you are distributing new office furniture at work, you might say, “Assignment of the new chairs will begin tomorrow.”

Definitions of assignment
  1. noun
    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
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    school assignment, schoolwork
    a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
    writing assignment, written assignment
    an assignment to write something
    classroom project
    a school task requiring considerable effort
    the part of a student's work that is done in the classroom
    homework, prep, preparation
    preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
    a task assigned for individual study
    type of:
    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  2. noun
    a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
    “a hazardous assignment
    synonyms: duty assignment
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    guard, guard duty, sentry duty, sentry go
    the duty of serving as a sentry
    fatigue, fatigue duty
    labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)
    charge, commission, mission
    a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    assignment to a different duty
    sea-duty, service abroad, shipboard duty
    naval service aboard a ship at sea
    shore duty
    naval service at land bases
    fool's errand
    a fruitless mission
    mission impossible
    an extremely dangerous or difficult mission
    martyr operation, sacrifice operation, suicide mission
    killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself; usually accomplished with a bomb
    the detachment of a person from their regular organization for temporary assignment elsewhere
    type of:
    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
  3. noun
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
    synonyms: appointment, designation, naming
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    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option
    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
    laying on of hands
    laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
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    conclusion, decision, determination
    the act of making up your mind about something
  4. noun
    the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
    “the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum”
    synonyms: assigning
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    allocation, storage allocation
    (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions
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    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
  5. noun
    (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
    synonyms: grant
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    apanage, appanage
    a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family
    land grant
    a grant of public land (as to a railway or college)
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    transferred possession, transferred property
    a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
  6. noun
    the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
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