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assign verb [T] ( CHOOSE )

  • Every available officer will be assigned to the investigation .
  • The textbooks were assigned by the course director .
  • Part of the group were assigned to clear land mines .
  • Each trainee is assigned a mentor who will help them learn more about the job .
  • We were assigned an interpreter for the duration of our stay .
  • accommodate
  • accommodate someone with something
  • administration
  • arm someone with something
  • hand something down
  • hand something in
  • hand something out
  • hand something over
  • reassignment

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assign verb [T] ( SEND )

  • She was assigned to the Paris office .
  • All the team were assigned to Poland.
  • advertisement
  • employment agency
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • reinstatement
  • relocation expenses
  • testimonial

assign verb [T] ( COMPUTING )

  • 3-D printing
  • adaptive learning
  • additive manufacturing
  • file sharing
  • hexadecimal
  • hill climbing
  • home automation
  • timesharing
  • virtual reality

assign verb [T] ( GIVE LEGALLY )

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The main meaning of assignment is now the originally American English one of a task or piece of work allotted to a person. In law it also denotes a legal transfer of a right or property, or the document that effects the transfer. To refer to the action of assigning something to someone, technically either ... ...

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  • American English : assign / əˈsaɪn /
  • Brazilian Portuguese : delegar
  • Chinese : 布置 任务
  • European Spanish : asignar
  • French : donner
  • German : zuteilen
  • Italian : assegnare
  • Japanese : 割り当てる
  • Korean : 할당하다
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  • Latin American Spanish : asignar
  • Thai : มอบหมาย

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Definition of assign

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transitive verb

Definition of assign  (Entry 2 of 2)

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ascribe , attribute , assign , impute , credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing.

ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.

attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe , less definiteness than assign .

assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.

impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.

credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation.

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Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner , from Latin assignare , from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Assign someone to/in a city/country

Let's say an employee was assigned to work in a particular district/city/country etc. Can we say that person was assigned "to" or "in" there? In the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the usage I want to use is "to send a person to work under the authority of somebody or in a particular group". But my question is not about working in a group but working in a place like a city, country etc. where my workplace/army base etc. is. Let's say I am a public school teacher and I was sent to work at a school in a city or country called "XYZ", or maybe a neighborhood called "XYZ". Can I say either of these two sentences interchangeably?

I was assigned in XYZ.
I was assigned to XYZ.

Some other example sentences: *"I was assigned in/to Los Angeles", "I was assigned in/to Nigeria", "I was assigned in/to the Valley Neighborhood"

Are these okay with either "to" or "in", or do I have to specify the workplace instead of specifying where the work place is when I use "assign"?

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  • 3 Assign is usually followed with to . –  Kate Bunting Oct 13, 2021 at 7:34
  • assigned in a place means that is where a person assigned you to another one to work. –  Lambie Oct 25, 2021 at 15:04
  • @Lambie I don't understand what you mean, sorry. Can you explain more clearly? –  Fire and Ice Oct 26, 2021 at 15:14
  • "I was assigned to the position [when I was] in Los Angeles ". Oh really? "I was assigned in Las Vegas, not LA." –  Lambie Oct 26, 2021 at 16:21
  • @Lambie What do you think about appoint in/at ? Should we use "He was appointed to Los Angeles" instead of **"He was appointed in Los Angeles"? I probably should open another topic on "appoint." –  Fire and Ice Oct 27, 2021 at 6:42

No , "assigned in" and "assigned to" are not interchangeable. "Assigned to" is idiomatic and "assigned in" is not.

As you say, when describing what you were assigned, you use the preposition to :

In Nigeria, I was assigned to the water-supply project.

And when describing where you were assigned, you also use to :

When I joined the Peace Corps I was assigned to Nigeria.

If it helps, you can think of it as being a sort of shortening of "assigned to working in Nigeria ," with "working in Nigeria" describing what you were assigned to do rather than where you were assigned to do it.

It is also possible to omit the preposition and say you were simply assigned [noun]:

I was assigned mess-hall duty.

In this usage the noun is often "duty," "patrol," etc, but it can be just about anything: "I was assigned sweeping" is perfectly valid, though you could say "sweeping duty " as well.

As Lambie points out in the comments, if you really really want to do it, it is technically possible to use assigned in to specify the place where you were at the time you received the assignment :

I was assigned in New York to Nigeria.

But this is awkward and confusing phrasing, and rewriting it would be better:

In New York, I was assigned to Nigeria. I was assigned to Nigeria when I got to New York.

Appoint works exactly the same as I have described assign above.

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  • Can we just use "assign somebody" instead of "assign somebody to/as somebody" or "assign somebody to do something". For example like, "A new teacher was assigned." Do we have to specify what he/she was assigned to? According to Oxford, we can omit that, but other dictionaries don't mention that. –  Fire and Ice Oct 26, 2021 at 9:32
  • 2 That can work if there is sufficient context. For example: "We started the school year with Mrs. Smith, but a new teacher was assigned in October." Although "we were assigned a new teacher in October" sounds better. –  randomhead Oct 26, 2021 at 15:37
  • 1 "A teacher was assigned" is a very passive passive-voice clause; it doesn't say who assigned the teacher, nor what (or where) the teacher was assigned (you have to go back to the first part of the sentence for context). This is the kind of passive voice people talk about when they say that the passive voice should be avoided—it allows for twisted constructions like "A bullet was fired from the policeman's gun and a bystander was killed." In contrast, "We were assigned a teacher" is still passive voice, but there is more context bundled into the clause and it sounds less awkward. –  randomhead Oct 26, 2021 at 16:29
  • 1 Thanks. I have the same questions about "appoint," but I need to open another topic I guess. –  Fire and Ice Oct 27, 2021 at 6:58
  • 1 I was assigned in Los Angeles to New York. I was not assigned to New York in Las Vegas. I strove mightily to explain that and was rebuffed. :) Appoint or assign work exactly the same way. –  Lambie Oct 27, 2021 at 17:05

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