|n.||1.||An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court.|
|2.||(Law) A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands.|
|Noun||1.||assignment - a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces); "hazardous duty"|
Synonyms: duty assignment
|2.||assignment - the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another|
|3.||assignment - the act of distributing something to designated places or persons; "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"|
|4.||assignment - (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance|
|5.||assignment - an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)|
|6.||assignment - the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"|
ASSIGNMENT, contracts. In common parlance this word signifies the transfer
of all kinds of property, real, personal, and mixed, and whether the same be
in possession or in action; as, a general assignment. In a more technical
sense it Is usually applied to the transfer of a term for years; but it is
more properly used to signify a transfer of some particular estate or
interest in lands.
2. The proper technical words of an assignment are, assign, transfer, and set over; but the words grant, bargain, and sell, or any other words which will show the intent of the parties to make a complete transfer, will amount to an assignment.
3. A chose in action cannot be assigned at law, though it may be done in equity; but the assignee takes it subject to all the equity to which it was liable in the hands of the original party. 2 John. Ch. Rep. 443, and the cases there cited. 2 Wash. Rep. 233.
4. The deed by which an assignment is made,, is also called an assignment. Vide, generally, Com. Dig. h.t.; Bac. Ab. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.; Nelson's Ab. h.t.; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 2612. In relation to general assignments, see Angell on Assignments, passim; 1 Hate & Wall. Sel. Dec. 78- 85.
5. By an assignment of a right all the accessories which belong to it, will pass with it as, if the assignor of a bond had collateral security, or a lien on property, the collateral security and the lien will pass with the assignment of the bond. 2 Penn. 361; 3 Bibb, 291; 4 B. Munroe, 529; 2 Drev. n. 218; 1 P. St. R. 454. 6. The assignment of a thing also carries with it all that belongs to it by right of accession; if, therefore, the thing produce interest or rent, the interest or the arrearages of the rent since the assignment, will belong to the assignee. 7 John. Cas. 90 6 Pick. 360.
|(programming)||assignment - 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.