White House officials often assign to President Obama a series of sports metaphors.
Why does it seem so reckless to assign an obsolete airplane to such a prominent mission?
Girls are directed through several pages of this until they are asked to assign the guy a series of pre-decided adjectives.
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.