something assigned, as a particular task or duty: She completed the assignment and went on to other jobs.
a position of responsibility, post of duty, or the like, to which one is appointed: He left for his assignment in the Middle East.
an act of assigning; appointment.
the transference of a right, interest, or title, or the instrument of transfer.
a transference of property to assignees for the benefit of creditors.

1350–1400; Middle English assignament < Medieval Latin assignāmentum. See assign, -ment

misassignment, noun
nonassignment, noun
reassignment, noun

assignment, assignation.

1, 2. obligation, job. 1. See task. Unabridged
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assignment (əˈsaɪnmənt)
1.  something that has been assigned, such as a mission or task
2.  a position or post to which a person is assigned
3.  the act of assigning or state of being assigned
4.  law
 a.  the transfer to another of a right, interest, or title to property, esp personal property: assignment of a lease
 b.  the document effecting such a transfer
 c.  the right, interest, or property transferred
5.  law (formerly) the transfer, esp by an insolvent debtor, of property in trust for the benefit of his creditors
6.  logic a function that associates specific values with each variable in a formal expression
7.  (Austral) history a system (1789--1841) whereby a convict could become the unpaid servant of a freeman

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "appointment," from O.Fr. assignment, from L.L. assignamentum, noun of action from assignare (see assign). Meaning "a task assigned" (to someone) is from c.1848.
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Computing Dictionary

assignment definition

Storing the value of an expression in a variable. This is commonly written in the form "v = e". In Algol the assignment operator was ":=" (pronounced "becomes") to avoid mathematicians qualms about writing statements like x = x+1.
Assignment is not allowed in functional languages, where an identifier always has the same value.
See also referential transparency, single assignment, zero assignment.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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