In the absence of facts, it is always easy to jump to conclusions; to find bread crumbs and assign a malevolent purpose.
White House officials often assign to President Obama a series of sports metaphors.
Make a list of chores and responsibilities in and around the house and assign them.
Girls are directed through several pages of this until they are asked to assign the guy a series of pre-decided adjectives.
Why does it seem so reckless to assign an obsolete airplane to such a prominent mission?
He was introduced to the boys, and then took them off to assign them their rooms.
It is perhaps too early to assign him his place in American literature.
It is employed here in contradistinction to physicians, and I have not ventured to assign a modern equivalent.
And if it be impossible to assign any, this will serve to confirm our suspicion.
The mind is also able to look at these perceptions, to assign them a meaning and to reflect upon them.
c.1300, from Old French assiginer (13c.) "assign, set (a date, etc.); appoint legally; allot," from Latin assignare "to mark out, to allot by sign, assign, award," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + signare "make a sign," from signum "mark" (see sign). Main original use was in English law, in transferences of personal property. General meaning "to fix, settle, determine, appoint" is from c.1300. Related: Assigned; assigning.