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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ASSIGN

With what cheerfulness will I assign over this envied estate!

It is perhaps too early to assign him his place in American literature.

And if it be impossible to assign any, this will serve to confirm our suspicion.

I have met with the word in French authors, but never could assign any idea to it.

Between thirty and fifty years, it was impossible to assign an age to him.

We see the effects of this irresolution, although we cannot assign a cause for it.

I imagine I ought to assign a reason for it, which seems pretty probable to me.

Let us now assign the geometrical forms to their respective elements.

How then, without a word of explanation, could Plato assign to them the refutation of their own tenets?

And therefore the legislator must assign to these also their forms.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ASSIGN

accredit

verbattribute responsibility or achievement
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