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tr.v. as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
1. To select for a duty or office; appoint: firefighters assigned to the city's industrial park. See Synonyms at appoint.
2. To set apart for a particular purpose or place in a particular category; designate: assigned the new species to an existing genus. See Synonyms at allocate.
3. To give out as a task; allot: assigned homework to the class.
4. To ascribe; attribute: assigned blame for the loss to a lack of good defense. See Synonyms at attribute.
5. To match or pair with: assign a value to each of the variables.
6. Law To transfer (property, rights, or interests) from one to another.
n. Law
An assignee.

[Middle English assignen, from Old French assigner, from Latin assignāre : ad-, ad- + signāre, to mark (from signum, sign; see sekw- in Indo-European roots).]

as·sign′a·bil′i·ty n.
as·sign′a·ble adj.
as·sign′a·bly adv.
as·sign′er n.
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Limitons-nous a donner quelques exemples sous forme d'interrogations pour illustrercet etat de fait : l'objectif a assigner au Plan Maroc Vert serait d'assurer la securite alimentaire ou de drainer des devises au pays?
Il s'agit pour le FCE de mettre en relief egalement le role a assigner a l'entreprise pour repondre aux defis de l'heure, notamment en cette conjoncture.
Jobs are not going away--they are changing from assigner to reviewer of codes.
The full statement runs as follows: "Every week we each get a labor sheet, which we each fill out ourselves with our own work preferences, and then hand in to the labor assigner, who makes sure that all the work shifts are filled for that week.
La meme methode permet de confronter des societes contemporaines et de leur assigner, sur une echelle evolutive, des degres d'evolution.
Taxonomic assignment of sequences was done by using QIIME's uclust-based taxonomy assigner. Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, Chloroflexi, and Bacteroidetes were found to be the dominant bacterial phyla in both digester configuration types (with and without recirculation).
A l'egard du temps, parce qu'il rend intelligible les relations entre le passe, le present et le futur, le concept du risque nous aide a assigner au desastre sa juste place sur la ligne de temps et devient, par cette connexion, son inseparable compagnon qui << fait de l'avenir la question du present (89) >>.
Les habitants prennent un peu plus de place dans l'exportation de leur produit, et ce, au point d'outrepasser << le role de simple base saisonniere de peche a proximite des bancs que souhaitaient lui assigner les autorites franfaises >> (7).
Main modules are workload monitor and slot assigner. The workload monitor gathers information about unfinished and finished workloads.