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English verb: assign

1. assign (social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)


ExamplesThey assign him to write the letter


Synonymsdelegate, depute, designate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)appoint, charge


Narrower (hyponym)advance, break, bump, cast, cast, delegate, demote, depute, devolve, elevate, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, mandate, mandate, place, place, post, promote, raise, reassign, regiment, relegate, task, transfer, upgrade

2. assign (possession) give out


SamplesWe were assigned new uniforms.


ExamplesThey assign cars to the tourists, They assign the tourists their cars


Synonymsallot, portion


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out


Narrower (hyponym)allocate, allow, apportion, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside

3. assign (cognition) attribute or credit to


SamplesWe attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
People impute great cleverness to cats.


Synonymsascribe, attribute, impute


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)accredit, anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize, blame, carnalize, charge, credit, credit, externalise, externalize, impute, interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize, personate, personify, project, reattribute, sensualize


Verb groupimpute

4. assign (cognition) select something or someone for a specific purpose


SamplesThe teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise.


Synonymsset apart, specify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)dedicate, detail

5. assign (consumption) attribute or give


SamplesShe 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.


Synonymsput


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize


Narrower (hyponym)repose

6. assign (possession) make undue claims to having


Synonymsarrogate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)arrogate, claim, lay claim

7. assign (possession) transfer one's right to


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)transfer

8. assign (cognition) decide as to where something belongs in a scheme


SamplesThe biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class.


Synonymsattribute


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)classify, relegate









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