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English noun: assignment

1. assignment (act) a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

SamplesHazardous duty.

Synonymsduty assignment

Broader (hypernym)duty

Narrower (hyponym)charge, commission, fatigue, fatigue duty, guard, guard duty, mission, reassignment, sea-duty, sentry duty, sentry go, service abroad, shipboard duty, shore duty

2. assignment (communication) the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

3. assignment (act) the act of distributing something to designated places or persons

SamplesThe first task is the assignment of an address to each datum.


Broader (hypernym)distribution

Narrower (hyponym)allocation, storage allocation

4. assignment (possession) (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance


Broader (hypernym)transferred possession, transferred property

Narrower (hyponym)apanage, appanage, land grant

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. assignment (act) an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)

Broader (hypernym)labor, project, task, undertaking

Narrower (hyponym)school assignment, schoolwork, writing assignment, written assignment

6. assignment (act) the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

SamplesThe appointment had to be approved by the whole committee.

Synonymsappointment, designation, naming

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, decision, determination

Narrower (hyponym)co-optation, co-option, delegacy, nomination, ordinance, ordination, recognition

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