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ASSIGNMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assignment mean? 

ASSIGNMENT (noun)
  The noun ASSIGNMENT has 6 senses:

1. a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
2. the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
3. the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
4. (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
5. an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
6. the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

  Familiarity information: ASSIGNMENT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSIGNMENT (noun)


Sense 1assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

duty assignment; assignment

Context example:

hazardous duty

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

duty (work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assignment"):

shore duty (naval service at land bases)

sea-duty; service abroad; shipboard duty (naval service aboard a ship at sea)

reassignment (assignment to a different duty)

charge; commission; mission (a special assignment that is given to a person or group)

fatigue; fatigue duty (labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on))

guard; guard duty; sentry duty; sentry go (the duty of serving as a sentry)


Sense 2assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 3assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of distributing something to designated places or persons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

assigning; assignment

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

distribution (the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assignment"):

allocation; storage allocation ((computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions)


Sense 4assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

grant; assignment

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

transferred possession; transferred property (a possession whose ownership changes or lapses)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assignment"):

apanage; appanage (a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family)

land grant (a grant of public land (as to a railway or college))


Sense 5assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

labor; project; task; undertaking (any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assignment"):

school assignment; schoolwork (a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher)

writing assignment; written assignment (an assignment to write something)


Sense 6assignment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of putting a person into a non-elective position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

appointment; designation; naming; assignment

Context example:

the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee

Hypernyms ("assignment" is a kind of...):

conclusion; decision; determination (the act of making up your mind about something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assignment"):

nomination (the act of officially naming a candidate)

co-optation; co-option (the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent))

delegacy (the appointment of a delegate)

ordinance; ordination (the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders)

recognition (designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body)


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