assignment

assignment late 14c., "order, request, directive," from O.Fr. assignement " (legal) assignment (of dower, etc.)," from L.L. assignamentum, noun of action from L. assignare (see ASSIGN (Cf. assign)). Meaning "appointment to office" is mid-15c.; that of "a task assigned" (to someone) is from c.1848.

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  • assignment — as·sign·ment n 1: the act of assigning 2 a: a position, post, or office to which one is assigned b: a task assigned 3: a present transfer of property or rights absolute assignment: an assignment in which the transfer is complete and leaves the… …   Law dictionary

  • Assignment — As*sign ment, n. [LL. assignamentum: cf. OF. assenement.] 1. An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) A transfer of title or interest by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assignment — assignment, assignation An assignment is an allocation, and in law a legal transfer of a right or property, or the document that effects the transfer. It is also a task or piece of work allotted to a person, in this meaning originating in AmE.… …   Modern English usage

  • assignment — [n1] responsibility, task appointment, beat, charge, chore, commission, drill, duty, homework, job, mission, position, post, practice, stint; concept 362 assignment [n2] selecting or setting apart allocation, allotment, appointment, apportionment …   New thesaurus

  • Assignment K — is a 1968 British thriller film directed by Val Guest, and starring Stephen Boyd, Camilla Sparv, Michael Redgrave and Leo McKern. A British spy has his cover blown, leading to the East German Stasi kidnapping his girlfriend in order to try and… …   Wikipedia

  • assignment — *task, duty, job, stint, chore …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • assignment — ► NOUN 1) a task allocated to someone as part of a job or course of study. 2) the action of assigning …   English terms dictionary

  • assignment — [ə sīn′mənt] n. 1. an assigning or being assigned; appointment; allotment 2. anything assigned or allotted, as a lesson, task, etc. 3. Law a) a transfer of a claim, right, property, etc. b) an instrument, as a deed, authorizing this SYN. TASK …   English World dictionary

  • assignment — n. task mission 1) to give smb. an assignment 2) to carry out an assignment (the ambassador carried out her assignment brilliantly) 3) a dangerous; difficult, rough, tough; easy assignment 4) an overseas; rush; special assignment 5) an assignment …   Combinatory dictionary

  • assignment — Options are exercised through the option purchaser s broker, who notifies the clearinghouse of the option s exercise. The clearinghouse then notifies the option seller that the buyer has exercised. When futures options are exercised, the buyer of …   Financial and business terms

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