assign
as·sign 1 /ə-'sīn/ vt
1: to transfer (property or rights) to another
the general practice by inventors of assign ing patent rights — J. K. Owens
2: to appoint to a post or duty
assign ed to represent the defendant
3: to fix or specify in relationship or correspondence
no party may assign as error the giving or the failure to give an instruction unless that party objects theretoFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 51
as·sign·abil·i·ty /ə-ˌsī-nə-'bi-lə-tē/ n
as·sign·able /ə-'sī-nə-bəl/ adj
as·sign·or /ə-'sī-nər/ n
assign 2 n: assignee

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

assign
I (allot) verb allocate, apportion, appropriate, attribuere, deal out, dispense, distribute, divide in portions, dole out, give out, mete out, partition, portion out, rem homini adsignare, share associated concepts: assign a cause of action, assign a chose in action, assign a lease, assign over, assign without recourse, assignable interest, assigned counsel, assigned risk, sublease II (designate) verb appoint, ascribe, attribute, authorize, charge, commission, commit powers to another, delegate, depute, detail, empower, entrust, invest, name, prescribe, put in commission, set, specify foreign phrases:
- Assignatus utitur jure auctoris. — An assignee is clothed with the right of his principal
III (transfer ownership) verb abalienate, alienate, commit to another's trust, consign, convey, deliver, devolve upon, dispose of, endorse over, entrust, grant, make over to another, negotiate, refer, release, relegate, sign over, surrender to another, transfer to another, transmit IV index abalienate, adduce, alienate (transfer title), allocate, allot, appoint, apportion, ascribe, attorn, attribute, authorize, bear (yield), cede, charge (assess), charge (empower), commit (entrust), contribute (supply), convey (transfer), delegate, demarcate, designate, devise (give), devote, direct (supervise), disburse (distribute), dispense, disperse (disseminate), distribute, divide (distribute), dole, employ (engage services), empower, endue, entrust, expend (disburse), give (grant), grant (transfer formally), impute, induct, leave (give), marshal, mete, nominate, parcel, refer (direct attention), refer (send for action), relegate, select, site, split, transfer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


assign
v.
(1) To transfer legal rights or property to someone else.
(2) To select or designate.
n.
assignment

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


assign
To transfer to another person (the assignee) all or some of the rights and responsibilities that another person (the assignor) holds under a contract. For example, a tenant may assign his lease to another person, who then has the right to live in the rental and the obligation to honor all terms of the lease. Also, to assert or point out, as in, "The appellant assigned as errors three of the judge's rulings."
Category: If, When & Where to File a Lawsuit
Category: Mediation, Arbitration & Collaborative Law
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


assign
v.
1 To transfer one's duty, interest, or right to another, especially regarding property or under a contract, so that the transferee has the same duty, interest, or right as the transferor had.
See also assignment, delegate.
2 To appoint.
3 To identify.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


assign
To transfer to another, as to assign one's right to receive rental income from property to another. To designate for a particular function, as to assign an attorney to defend an indigent in a criminal prosecution. To specify or point out, as to assign errors in a lower court proceeding on a writ of error that is submitted to request a court to reverse the judgment of the lower court.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


assign
To transfer to another, as to assign one's right to receive rental income from property to another. To designate for a particular function, as to assign an attorney to defend an indigent in a criminal prosecution. To specify or point out, as to assign errors in a lower court proceeding on a writ of error that is submitted to request a court to reverse the judgment of the lower court.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

assign
   1) v. to transfer to another person any asset such as real property or a valuable right such as a contract or promissory note.
   2) n. the person (assignee) who receives a piece of property by purchase, gift or by will. The word often shows up in contracts and wills.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Assign — As*sign , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assigned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assigning}.] [OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L. assignare; ad + signare to mark, mark out, designate, signum mark, sign. See {Sign}.] 1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assign — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. assiginer (13c.) assign, set (a date, etc.); appoint legally; allot, from L. assignare to mark out, to allot by sign, assign, award, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + signare make a sign, from signum mark (see SIGN (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Assign — As*sign , n. [From {Assign}, v.] A thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdles, hangers, and so. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assign — [v1] select and give a responsibility accredit, allow, appoint, ascribe, attach, attribute, authorize, cast, charge, choice, commission, commit, credit, delegate, deputize, designate, downlink, download, draft, elect, empower, enroll, entrust,… …   New thesaurus

  • assign — [ə sīn′] vt. [ME assignen < OFr assigner < L assignare, mark out, allot < ad , to + signare, SIGN] 1. to set apart or mark for a specific purpose; designate [assign a day for the meeting] 2. to place at some task or duty; appoint [I was… …   English World dictionary

  • Assign — As*sign , n. [See {Assignee}.] (Law) A person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Assign — As*sign , v. i. (Law) To transfer or pass over property to another, whether for the benefit of the assignee or of the assignor s creditors, or in furtherance of some trust. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assign — To give or to transfer responsibility to another. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • assign — 1 *allot, allocate, apportion Analogous words: fix, *set, establish, settle: *distribute, deal, dole, dispense 2 refer, *ascribe, attribute, impute, credit, accredit, charge Analogous words: attach, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • assign — ► VERB 1) allocate (a task or duty) to someone. 2) give (someone) a job or task. 3) regard (something) as belonging to or being caused by. 4) transfer (legal rights or liabilities). DERIVATIVES assignable adjective assigner (also assignor …   English terms dictionary

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