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1. The act of assigning: His assignment of the tasks seemed unfair.
2. Something, such as a task, that is assigned: What's the math assignment for tonight? See Synonyms at task.
3. A position or post of duty to which one is assigned: The journalist took an assignment in China.
4. Law
a. The transfer of a claim, right, interest, or property from one to another.
b. The instrument by which this transfer is effected.


1. something that has been assigned, such as a mission or task
2. a position or post to which a person is assigned
3. the act of assigning or state of being assigned
4. (Law) law
a. the transfer to another of a right, interest, or title to property, esp personal property: assignment of a lease.
b. the document effecting such a transfer
c. the right, interest, or property transferred
5. (Law) law (formerly) the transfer, esp by an insolvent debtor, of property in trust for the benefit of his creditors
6. (Logic) logic a function that associates specific values with each variable in a formal expression
7. history Austral a system (1789–1841) whereby a convict could become the unpaid servant of a freeman


(əˈsaɪn mənt)

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.
a. the transfer of property, as to assignees for the benefit of creditors.
b. the instrument of transfer.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin]
syn: See task.


1. 'assignment'

An assignment is a task that someone is given to do, usually as part of their job.

My first major assignment as a reporter was to cover a large-scale riot.

An assignment is also a piece of academic work given to students.

The course has heavy reading assignments.
When class begins, he gives us an assignment and we have seven minutes to work at it.

In American English, an assignment is also a piece of work given to students to do at home.

2. 'homework'

Work given to schoolchildren to do at home is also called homework.

He never did any homework.

Be Careful!
Homework is an uncountable noun. You do not talk about 'homeworks' or 'a homework'. Note that you do not say 'I have made my homework'. You say 'I have done my homework'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assignment - a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)assignment - a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces); "hazardous duty"
duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
guard duty, sentry duty, sentry go, guard - the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night"
fatigue duty, fatigue - labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on); "the soldiers were put on fatigue to teach them a lesson"; "they were assigned to kitchen fatigues"
mission, charge, commission - a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
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
2.assignment - the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
3.assignment - the act of distributing something to designated places or personsassignment - the act of distributing something to designated places or persons; "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"
storage allocation, allocation - (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions
distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
4.assignment - (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
transferred possession, transferred property - a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
apanage, appanage - a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family; "bishoprics were received as appanages for the younger sons of great families"
land grant - a grant of public land (as to a railway or college)
5.assignment - an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)assignment - an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
school assignment, schoolwork - a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
project, task, undertaking, labor - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
writing assignment, written assignment - an assignment to write something
6.assignment - the act of putting a person into a non-elective positionassignment - the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
decision, determination, conclusion - the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly"
nomination - the act of officially naming a candidate; "the Republican nomination for Governor"
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; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
recognition - designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body; "he was unable to make his motion because he couldn't get recognition by the chairman"


1. task, work, job, charge, position, post, commission, exercise, responsibility, duty, mission, appointment, undertaking, occupation, chore The course involves written assignments and practical tests.
2. selection, choice, option, appointment, delegation, nomination, designation I only ever take photos on assignment.
3. giving, issuing, grant, distribution, allocation, earmarking, allotment, designation, consignment, dealing out, assignation (Law, chiefly Scot.), apportionment The state prohibited the assignment of licences to competitors.


1. The act of distributing or the condition of being distributed:
2. The act of attributing:
3. A piece of work that has been assigned:
4. Law. A making over of legal ownership or title:
مَهَمَّه، واجِبمُهِمَّة
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[əˈsaɪnmənt] N
1. (= mission) → misión f; (= task) → tarea f
to be on (an) assignmentestar cumpliendo una misión
2. (Scol, Univ) → trabajo m
3. (= allocation) → asignación f


[əˈsaɪnmənt] n
(= task) → mission f
(= homework) → devoir m
The course has heavy reading assignments → Il y a beaucoup de lecture à faire pour ce cours.


(= task)Aufgabe f; (= mission)Auftrag m, → Mission f; to be on (an) assignmenteinen Auftrag haben
(= appointment)Berufung f; (to case, task etc) → Betrauung f(to mit), Beauftragung f(to mit); his assignment to the post of ambassador/to this schoolseine Berufung zum Botschafter/an diese Schule
(= allocation)Zuweisung f, → Zuteilung f; (of room)Bestimmung f(to für); (of meaning)Zuordnung f(to zu)
(Jur) → Übertragung f, → Übereignung f


[əˈsaɪnmənt] n (task) → incarico (Scol) → compito


(əˈsain) verb
1. to give to someone as his share or duty. They assigned the task to us.
2. to order or appoint. He assigned three men to the job.
asˈsignment noun
a duty assigned to someone. You must complete this assignment by tomorrow.


مُهِمَّة úkol opgave Aufgabe ανάθεση misión, tarea tehtävä mission zadatak compito 割り当て 임무 opdracht oppdrag zadanie tarefa задание uppdrag งานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย görev nhiệm vụ 任务


n. asignación, tarea, misión.
References in classic literature ?
They still had hopes that the trainer had for some reason taken out the horse for early exercise, but on ascending the knoll near the house, from which all the neighboring moors were visible, they not only could see no signs of the missing favorite, but they perceived something which warned them that they were in the presence of a tragedy.
(CSE: ACG; FWB: 1LA; OTCQB: ALGWF) ('Alliance Growers' or 'the Company) ('Alliance' or the 'Company') On August 14, 2019 the Company announced Warrant Exercise Incentive Program (the 'Program') designed to encourage the early exercise of the Company's outstanding common share purchase warrants ('Warrants').
As an incentive for the early exercise of their share purchase warrants, warrant holders received an additional 676,500 new share purchase warrants (each an "Incentive Warrant").
Worldpay requested, and Endava agreed to allow, an early exercise of the option, which was not exercisable until September 2019.
It is important to note that early exercise did not have any positive effects on their pancreas, according to the study.
In consideration for the early exercise by Fairfax of these two tranches of warrants, which by their terms would not have expired until 2025 and 2026, respectively, Seaspan issued today to Fairfax additional warrants to acquire 25 million Class A common shares at an exercise price of $8.05 per share, which warrants have a seven year term.
- The battle of Hamel was an early exercise in combined, joint warfare
In a separate press release this morning Stereotaxis announced that it has raised $10.0 million from the non-dilutive induced early exercise of outstanding warrants.
The research moves from a good lower bound, meaning a suboptimal lapse strategy, according to which the policyholder compares the payoff from early exercise at any anniversary date with the expected payoff from continuation and decides to lapse only if the former is higher than the latter.
The patients who develop diastolic dysfunction during exercise are those patients who have early exercise intolerance.
Implementing early exercise was more effective than delayed exercise in the short-term recovery of the shoulder range of motion (ROM).
Early exercise in critically ill patients enhances short-term functional recovery.

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