assignment

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
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n 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
classwork
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)
lesson
a task assigned for individual study
Type of:
labor, project, task, undertaking
any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

n 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
reassignment
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
secondment
the detachment of a person from their regular organization for temporary assignment elsewhere
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duty
work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

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

Synonyms:
appointment, designation, naming
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nomination
the act of officially naming a candidate
co-optation, co-option
the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
delegacy
the appointment of a delegate
ordinance, ordination
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
recognition
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

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
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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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distribution
the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

n (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance

Synonyms:
grant
Types:
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

n 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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