As·sign, n. Law A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns.
As·sign v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assigned p. pr. & vb. n. Assigning.]
1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
In the order I assign to them. --Loudon.
The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better station than that in which his lot had been assigned. --Southey.
He assigned to his men their several posts. --Prescott.
2. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.
All as the dwarf the way to her assigned. --Spenser.
It is not easy to assign a period more eventful. --De Quincey.
3. Law To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
To assign dower, to set out by metes and bounds the widow's share or portion in an estate.
As·sign v. i. Law To transfer or pass over property to another, whether for the benefit of the assignee or of the assignor's creditors, or in furtherance of some trust.
As·sign, n. A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance. [Obs.]
Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdles, hangers, and so. --Shak.
v 1: give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task
to (a person) [syn: delegate, designate, depute]
2: give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: allot,
3: attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to
Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
[syn: impute, ascribe, attribute]
4: select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The
teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the
exercise" [syn: specify, set apart]
5: attribute or give; "She put too much emphasis on her the
last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job";
"The teacher put an interesting twist to the
interpretation of the story" [syn: put]
6: make undue claims to having [syn: arrogate]
7: transfer one's right to
8: decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The
biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class" [syn: