The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding Assignments

What this handout is about.

The first step in any successful college writing venture is reading the assignment. While this sounds like a simple task, it can be a tough one. This handout will help you unravel your assignment and begin to craft an effective response. Much of the following advice will involve translating typical assignment terms and practices into meaningful clues to the type of writing your instructor expects. See our short video for more tips.

Basic beginnings

Regardless of the assignment, department, or instructor, adopting these two habits will serve you well :

  • Read the assignment carefully as soon as you receive it. Do not put this task off—reading the assignment at the beginning will save you time, stress, and problems later. An assignment can look pretty straightforward at first, particularly if the instructor has provided lots of information. That does not mean it will not take time and effort to complete; you may even have to learn a new skill to complete the assignment.
  • Ask the instructor about anything you do not understand. Do not hesitate to approach your instructor. Instructors would prefer to set you straight before you hand the paper in. That’s also when you will find their feedback most useful.

Assignment formats

Many assignments follow a basic format. Assignments often begin with an overview of the topic, include a central verb or verbs that describe the task, and offer some additional suggestions, questions, or prompts to get you started.

An Overview of Some Kind

The instructor might set the stage with some general discussion of the subject of the assignment, introduce the topic, or remind you of something pertinent that you have discussed in class. For example:

“Throughout history, gerbils have played a key role in politics,” or “In the last few weeks of class, we have focused on the evening wear of the housefly …”

The Task of the Assignment

Pay attention; this part tells you what to do when you write the paper. Look for the key verb or verbs in the sentence. Words like analyze, summarize, or compare direct you to think about your topic in a certain way. Also pay attention to words such as how, what, when, where, and why; these words guide your attention toward specific information. (See the section in this handout titled “Key Terms” for more information.)

“Analyze the effect that gerbils had on the Russian Revolution”, or “Suggest an interpretation of housefly undergarments that differs from Darwin’s.”

Additional Material to Think about

Here you will find some questions to use as springboards as you begin to think about the topic. Instructors usually include these questions as suggestions rather than requirements. Do not feel compelled to answer every question unless the instructor asks you to do so. Pay attention to the order of the questions. Sometimes they suggest the thinking process your instructor imagines you will need to follow to begin thinking about the topic.

“You may wish to consider the differing views held by Communist gerbils vs. Monarchist gerbils, or Can there be such a thing as ‘the housefly garment industry’ or is it just a home-based craft?”

These are the instructor’s comments about writing expectations:

“Be concise”, “Write effectively”, or “Argue furiously.”

Technical Details

These instructions usually indicate format rules or guidelines.

“Your paper must be typed in Palatino font on gray paper and must not exceed 600 pages. It is due on the anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s death.”

The assignment’s parts may not appear in exactly this order, and each part may be very long or really short. Nonetheless, being aware of this standard pattern can help you understand what your instructor wants you to do.

Interpreting the assignment

Ask yourself a few basic questions as you read and jot down the answers on the assignment sheet:

Why did your instructor ask you to do this particular task?

Who is your audience.

  • What kind of evidence do you need to support your ideas?

What kind of writing style is acceptable?

  • What are the absolute rules of the paper?

Try to look at the question from the point of view of the instructor. Recognize that your instructor has a reason for giving you this assignment and for giving it to you at a particular point in the semester. In every assignment, the instructor has a challenge for you. This challenge could be anything from demonstrating an ability to think clearly to demonstrating an ability to use the library. See the assignment not as a vague suggestion of what to do but as an opportunity to show that you can handle the course material as directed. Paper assignments give you more than a topic to discuss—they ask you to do something with the topic. Keep reminding yourself of that. Be careful to avoid the other extreme as well: do not read more into the assignment than what is there.

Of course, your instructor has given you an assignment so that he or she will be able to assess your understanding of the course material and give you an appropriate grade. But there is more to it than that. Your instructor has tried to design a learning experience of some kind. Your instructor wants you to think about something in a particular way for a particular reason. If you read the course description at the beginning of your syllabus, review the assigned readings, and consider the assignment itself, you may begin to see the plan, purpose, or approach to the subject matter that your instructor has created for you. If you still aren’t sure of the assignment’s goals, try asking the instructor. For help with this, see our handout on getting feedback .

Given your instructor’s efforts, it helps to answer the question: What is my purpose in completing this assignment? Is it to gather research from a variety of outside sources and present a coherent picture? Is it to take material I have been learning in class and apply it to a new situation? Is it to prove a point one way or another? Key words from the assignment can help you figure this out. Look for key terms in the form of active verbs that tell you what to do.

Key Terms: Finding Those Active Verbs

Here are some common key words and definitions to help you think about assignment terms:

Information words Ask you to demonstrate what you know about the subject, such as who, what, when, where, how, and why.

  • define —give the subject’s meaning (according to someone or something). Sometimes you have to give more than one view on the subject’s meaning
  • describe —provide details about the subject by answering question words (such as who, what, when, where, how, and why); you might also give details related to the five senses (what you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell)
  • explain —give reasons why or examples of how something happened
  • illustrate —give descriptive examples of the subject and show how each is connected with the subject
  • summarize —briefly list the important ideas you learned about the subject
  • trace —outline how something has changed or developed from an earlier time to its current form
  • research —gather material from outside sources about the subject, often with the implication or requirement that you will analyze what you have found

Relation words Ask you to demonstrate how things are connected.

  • compare —show how two or more things are similar (and, sometimes, different)
  • contrast —show how two or more things are dissimilar
  • apply—use details that you’ve been given to demonstrate how an idea, theory, or concept works in a particular situation
  • cause —show how one event or series of events made something else happen
  • relate —show or describe the connections between things

Interpretation words Ask you to defend ideas of your own about the subject. Do not see these words as requesting opinion alone (unless the assignment specifically says so), but as requiring opinion that is supported by concrete evidence. Remember examples, principles, definitions, or concepts from class or research and use them in your interpretation.

  • assess —summarize your opinion of the subject and measure it against something
  • prove, justify —give reasons or examples to demonstrate how or why something is the truth
  • evaluate, respond —state your opinion of the subject as good, bad, or some combination of the two, with examples and reasons
  • support —give reasons or evidence for something you believe (be sure to state clearly what it is that you believe)
  • synthesize —put two or more things together that have not been put together in class or in your readings before; do not just summarize one and then the other and say that they are similar or different—you must provide a reason for putting them together that runs all the way through the paper
  • analyze —determine how individual parts create or relate to the whole, figure out how something works, what it might mean, or why it is important
  • argue —take a side and defend it with evidence against the other side

More Clues to Your Purpose As you read the assignment, think about what the teacher does in class:

  • What kinds of textbooks or coursepack did your instructor choose for the course—ones that provide background information, explain theories or perspectives, or argue a point of view?
  • In lecture, does your instructor ask your opinion, try to prove her point of view, or use keywords that show up again in the assignment?
  • What kinds of assignments are typical in this discipline? Social science classes often expect more research. Humanities classes thrive on interpretation and analysis.
  • How do the assignments, readings, and lectures work together in the course? Instructors spend time designing courses, sometimes even arguing with their peers about the most effective course materials. Figuring out the overall design to the course will help you understand what each assignment is meant to achieve.

Now, what about your reader? Most undergraduates think of their audience as the instructor. True, your instructor is a good person to keep in mind as you write. But for the purposes of a good paper, think of your audience as someone like your roommate: smart enough to understand a clear, logical argument, but not someone who already knows exactly what is going on in your particular paper. Remember, even if the instructor knows everything there is to know about your paper topic, he or she still has to read your paper and assess your understanding. In other words, teach the material to your reader.

Aiming a paper at your audience happens in two ways: you make decisions about the tone and the level of information you want to convey.

  • Tone means the “voice” of your paper. Should you be chatty, formal, or objective? Usually you will find some happy medium—you do not want to alienate your reader by sounding condescending or superior, but you do not want to, um, like, totally wig on the man, you know? Eschew ostentatious erudition: some students think the way to sound academic is to use big words. Be careful—you can sound ridiculous, especially if you use the wrong big words.
  • The level of information you use depends on who you think your audience is. If you imagine your audience as your instructor and she already knows everything you have to say, you may find yourself leaving out key information that can cause your argument to be unconvincing and illogical. But you do not have to explain every single word or issue. If you are telling your roommate what happened on your favorite science fiction TV show last night, you do not say, “First a dark-haired white man of average height, wearing a suit and carrying a flashlight, walked into the room. Then a purple alien with fifteen arms and at least three eyes turned around. Then the man smiled slightly. In the background, you could hear a clock ticking. The room was fairly dark and had at least two windows that I saw.” You also do not say, “This guy found some aliens. The end.” Find some balance of useful details that support your main point.

You’ll find a much more detailed discussion of these concepts in our handout on audience .

The Grim Truth

With a few exceptions (including some lab and ethnography reports), you are probably being asked to make an argument. You must convince your audience. It is easy to forget this aim when you are researching and writing; as you become involved in your subject matter, you may become enmeshed in the details and focus on learning or simply telling the information you have found. You need to do more than just repeat what you have read. Your writing should have a point, and you should be able to say it in a sentence. Sometimes instructors call this sentence a “thesis” or a “claim.”

So, if your instructor tells you to write about some aspect of oral hygiene, you do not want to just list: “First, you brush your teeth with a soft brush and some peanut butter. Then, you floss with unwaxed, bologna-flavored string. Finally, gargle with bourbon.” Instead, you could say, “Of all the oral cleaning methods, sandblasting removes the most plaque. Therefore it should be recommended by the American Dental Association.” Or, “From an aesthetic perspective, moldy teeth can be quite charming. However, their joys are short-lived.”

Convincing the reader of your argument is the goal of academic writing. It doesn’t have to say “argument” anywhere in the assignment for you to need one. Look at the assignment and think about what kind of argument you could make about it instead of just seeing it as a checklist of information you have to present. For help with understanding the role of argument in academic writing, see our handout on argument .

What kind of evidence do you need?

There are many kinds of evidence, and what type of evidence will work for your assignment can depend on several factors–the discipline, the parameters of the assignment, and your instructor’s preference. Should you use statistics? Historical examples? Do you need to conduct your own experiment? Can you rely on personal experience? See our handout on evidence for suggestions on how to use evidence appropriately.

Make sure you are clear about this part of the assignment, because your use of evidence will be crucial in writing a successful paper. You are not just learning how to argue; you are learning how to argue with specific types of materials and ideas. Ask your instructor what counts as acceptable evidence. You can also ask a librarian for help. No matter what kind of evidence you use, be sure to cite it correctly—see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial .

You cannot always tell from the assignment just what sort of writing style your instructor expects. The instructor may be really laid back in class but still expect you to sound formal in writing. Or the instructor may be fairly formal in class and ask you to write a reflection paper where you need to use “I” and speak from your own experience.

Try to avoid false associations of a particular field with a style (“art historians like wacky creativity,” or “political scientists are boring and just give facts”) and look instead to the types of readings you have been given in class. No one expects you to write like Plato—just use the readings as a guide for what is standard or preferable to your instructor. When in doubt, ask your instructor about the level of formality she or he expects.

No matter what field you are writing for or what facts you are including, if you do not write so that your reader can understand your main idea, you have wasted your time. So make clarity your main goal. For specific help with style, see our handout on style .

Technical details about the assignment

The technical information you are given in an assignment always seems like the easy part. This section can actually give you lots of little hints about approaching the task. Find out if elements such as page length and citation format (see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial ) are negotiable. Some professors do not have strong preferences as long as you are consistent and fully answer the assignment. Some professors are very specific and will deduct big points for deviations.

Usually, the page length tells you something important: The instructor thinks the size of the paper is appropriate to the assignment’s parameters. In plain English, your instructor is telling you how many pages it should take for you to answer the question as fully as you are expected to. So if an assignment is two pages long, you cannot pad your paper with examples or reword your main idea several times. Hit your one point early, defend it with the clearest example, and finish quickly. If an assignment is ten pages long, you can be more complex in your main points and examples—and if you can only produce five pages for that assignment, you need to see someone for help—as soon as possible.

Tricks that don’t work

Your instructors are not fooled when you:

  • spend more time on the cover page than the essay —graphics, cool binders, and cute titles are no replacement for a well-written paper.
  • use huge fonts, wide margins, or extra spacing to pad the page length —these tricks are immediately obvious to the eye. Most instructors use the same word processor you do. They know what’s possible. Such tactics are especially damning when the instructor has a stack of 60 papers to grade and yours is the only one that low-flying airplane pilots could read.
  • use a paper from another class that covered “sort of similar” material . Again, the instructor has a particular task for you to fulfill in the assignment that usually relates to course material and lectures. Your other paper may not cover this material, and turning in the same paper for more than one course may constitute an Honor Code violation . Ask the instructor—it can’t hurt.
  • get all wacky and “creative” before you answer the question . Showing that you are able to think beyond the boundaries of a simple assignment can be good, but you must do what the assignment calls for first. Again, check with your instructor. A humorous tone can be refreshing for someone grading a stack of papers, but it will not get you a good grade if you have not fulfilled the task.

Critical reading of assignments leads to skills in other types of reading and writing. If you get good at figuring out what the real goals of assignments are, you are going to be better at understanding the goals of all of your classes and fields of study.

You may reproduce it for non-commercial use if you use the entire handout and attribute the source: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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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.

Origin of assignment

Synonym study for assignment, other words for assignment, other words from assignment.

  • mis·as·sign·ment, noun
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  • assignment , assignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use assignment in a sentence

He traveled to China, India, Russia, and Africa for fashion-related assignments.

Among his previous assignments were stints in war zones like Afghanistan and the Congo.

He also had a reputation for not sticking to the brief of his assignments.

His writing assignments were filled with “a disturbing level” of mayhem, war, and death.

The first faux-Fleming assignments went to writers such as Kingsley Amis (writing as “Robert Markham”) and John Gardner.

Toward the end of the campaign his assignments increased until all his time was taken.

Assignments came to be made of one acre to a family, near the palisaded hamlet for convenience and better security.

For a short time he had no assignments that taxed his abilities in either direction.

If you make as good time as you have made on some other assignments, you can get back here before 10:30.

Not a lot of business-reporting assignments involved spending time with half-naked, sun-baked dudes in remote southern junkyards.

British Dictionary definitions for assignment

/ ( əˈsaɪnmənt ) /

something that has been assigned, such as a mission or task

a position or post to which a person is assigned

the act of assigning or state of being assigned

the transfer to another of a right, interest, or title to property, esp personal property : assignment of a lease

the document effecting such a transfer

the right, interest, or property transferred

law (formerly) the transfer, esp by an insolvent debtor, of property in trust for the benefit of his creditors

logic a function that associates specific values with each variable in a formal expression

Australian history a system (1789–1841) whereby a convict could become the unpaid servant of a freeman

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  • responsibility
  • undertaking
  • requirement
  • designation
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How does the noun assignment contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of assignment are chore , duty , job , stint , and task . While all these words mean "a piece of work to be done," assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

When is it sensible to use chore instead of assignment ?

While the synonyms chore and assignment are close in meaning, chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

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Although the words duty and assignment have much in common, duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

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The synonyms job and assignment are sometimes interchangeable, but job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

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In some situations, the words stint and assignment are roughly equivalent. However, stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

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The meanings of task and assignment largely overlap; however, task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

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What happened to everyone at the end of 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon."
  • The true-crime thriller ends on a radio show that breezes through the fallout of the Osage Nation murders.
  • Here's what happened to everyone after the movie's endpoint.

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Based on investigative journalist David Grann's book of the same name , Martin Scorsese's latest film, "Killers of the Flower Moon," follows the mysterious and grisly murders that terrorized the Osage Nation during the 1920s. The community was targeted for its oil wealth and an FBI investigation, led by Tom White (Jesse Plemons), cracked the case.

Of the more than 60 deaths that occurred during the "Rei gn of Terror," the movie hones in on community member Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone) and the consecutive, suspicious deaths of her family members between 1918 and 1923 after her future husband Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his uncle, William King Hale (Robert De Niro), entered their lives with the intent to inherit their fortune.

The movie culminates in a trial, with Ernest outing Hale as the orchestrator behind many of the murders that play out on-screen.

After a tense, final conversation between Ernest and his wife, the movie pivots to a staged radio broadcast which quickly zips through what happened to all of the characters. Here's what happened to the main players.

Mollie Burkhart really left her husband and remarried.

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In the film, Mollie Burkhart (née Kyle) has one final conversation with her husband, Ernest, where she confronts him, inquiring whether or not the diabetes insulin shots he injected into her contained poison. Ernest denies the accusation and she walks out on him.

In investigative journalist David Grann's book of the same name, upon which the movie is based, he reported that government officials working for the Office of Indian Affairs and authorities both believed someone was secretly poisoning Mollie .

In real life, Mollie divorced Ernest after learning that he knew about the murder of her sister Anna.

In 1928, Mollie remarried a man named John Cobb and the two of them lived on the Osage reservation until she died at the age of 50 in June 1937 .

William King Hale was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Mollie's cousin, Henry Roan, but was later paroled.

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Once a prominent, respected man in the Osage community, Hale was first arrested in 1926 .

When his nephew eventually testified against him, Hale was sentenced to life in prison in 1929 at the Federal Penitentiary in Kansas for the murder of Mollie's cousin, Henry Roan. Hale was listed as Roan's beneficiary on his $25,000 life insurance policy.

Hale was released from prison in July 1947 after serving 18 years on his sentence. According to Grann, the parole board officials based his release on his age, 72, and "his record as a good prisoner."

This wasn't satisfactory to the Osage community. According to the History Channel , speaking of Hale's release, one member of the community said, "His good conduct in prison does not mitigate the fact. I personally think he should have been hanged for his crimes."

Hale wasn't allowed to return to Oklahoma, but Grann reported that he visited relatives telling them that they'd be rich if his nephew kept quiet.

Hale spent the final 12 years of his life in Phoenix, Arizona . He died in a nursing home in August 1962 at the age of 87.

John Ramsey also received a life sentence for the murder of Roan. He, too, was paroled in 1947.

assignment in a sentence meaning

In his testimony , Ramsey claimed that Hale hired him to kill Roan, shooting him dead in his car in February 1923. 

When he faced the death penalty, he recanted his confession, but Ernest named Ramsey as Roan's killer.

Initially sentenced to life in prison at the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, he was paroled in 1947 .

Ernest Burkhart wound up receiving a life sentence, but was also eventually paroled and pardoned.

assignment in a sentence meaning

After pleading guilty in 1926 to his involvement in the death of William Smith, the husband of Mollie's sister Rita, Ernest was sentenced to Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. He later testified against his uncle and Ramsey.

Ernest was originally paroled in 1937, the same year Mollie died. However, his parole was revoked in 1940 after he and a woman robbed his former sister-in-law, Lillie Maggie Burkhart, of $7,000 worth of money and valuables from her garage.

He was paroled again in 1959 and received a full pardon from Oklahoma's governor in 1966 .

Grann reported he eventually reconnected with his and Mollie's son, James "Cowboy" Burkhart, and met his granddaughter, Margie Burkhart.

He died in 1986 in his mid-90s. Grann reported he was cremated with his son receiving his remains in a box. Ernest's wishes were for his ashes to be scattered around the Osage Hills. Margie said her father tossed the box over a bridge one night.

Kelsie Morrison was charged with the murder of Mollie's sister, Anna Brown, but was released from prison after a few years.

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In 1926, Kelsie Morrison admitted to shooting and killing Anna in exchange for $1,000 from Hale . In his testimony, Morrison said Ernest's brother, Byron, was present.

Morrison was sentenced to life in prison in 1926, but had his conviction overturned a few years later in 1931 due to an immunity deal he made in exchange for testimony.

He was killed in 1937 in a police shoot-out . 

Byron Burkhart, Ernest's brother, was never tried for Anna's murder.

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According to Grann, Byron was given an immunity deal by prosecutors for giving them evidence.

He died in 1985 in Oklahoma .

Tom White left the newly formed FBI after leading the Osage Nation investigation and survived a hostage situation that nearly left him dead.

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White became the warden of Leavenworth Prison in Kansas until he was held hostage by eight convicts trying to escape in December 1931. 

According to Grann, White received a shotgun bullet to his left arm at close range and was left for dead in a ditch. The bullet fragmented with some pieces going into his chest. Despite almost losing his arm, he survived. Grann noted his left arm "dangled uselessly" moving forward.

As a result, White was transferred and took over as warden in La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, a job which was considered less demanding.

Grann reported that when White learned James Stewart was going to star in a movie called "The FBI Story," which would mention the Osage murders, he reached out to President Hoover to offer any information to the filmmakers. Despite Hoover saying he'd keep him in mind, White apparently never heard from anyone.

White attempted to work on a book recounting his work on the Osage case with author Fred Grove, but could never find a publisher. Instead, Grove released a fictional Western called " The Years of Fear, " which sounds a lot like "Killers of the Flower Moon."

White died in 1971 at the age of 90.

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  1. Assignment Definition & Meaning

    1 : the act of assigning something the assignment of a task 2 a : a position, post, or office to which one is assigned Her assignment was to the embassy in India. b : a specified task or amount of work assigned or undertaken as if assigned by authority a homework assignment 3 law : the transfer of property

  2. How To Use "Assignment" In A Sentence: Exploring The Term

    Put simply, assignment refers to the act of allocating or designating a task, responsibility, or role to someone. It can also refer to the transfer of rights, property, or ownership to another individual or entity. By using assignment effectively, you can convey a clear message and enhance the clarity of your communication.

  3. Examples of "Assignment" in a Sentence

    Sentences Ikir sent me on assignment to spy on him. 241 85 Darian hoped his excitement at the assignment didn't show. 145 78 For reasons he couldn't explain, Tim's assignment irritated him. 91 45 True to my assignment, I recorded movements and time until Quinn's voice from below broke the silence. 66 41

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    Examples of assignment in a sentence, how to use it. 98 examples: Apart from that, there is a suspicion that programming without assignments or…


    the process of giving a particular job or piece of work to someone, or of sending someone to a chosen place to do a job: assignment of the various tasks Fewer examples It was a jammy assignment - more of a holiday really. He took this award-winning photograph while on assignment in the Middle East.

  6. ASSIGNMENT definition in American English

    (əsaɪnmənt ) Word forms: assignments plural countable noun An assignment is a task or piece of work that you are given to do, especially as part of your job or studies. The assessment for the course involves written assignments and practical tests. Synonyms: task, work, job, charge More Synonyms of assignment More Synonyms of assignment


    ASSIGNMENT meaning: 1. a piece of work given to someone, typically as part of their studies or job: 2. a job that…. Learn more.

  8. ASSIGNMENT Definition & Usage Examples

    Assignment definition: something assigned, as a particular task or duty. See examples of ASSIGNMENT used in a sentence.

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    IPA guide Other forms: assignments Whether you're an international spy with a new mission or a high school student with math homework — when you get an assignment, you'd better do it! An assignment is a task that someone in authority has asked you to do.

  10. Assign Definition & Meaning

    assign: [verb] to transfer (property) to another especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors.

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    What this handout is about. The first step in any successful college writing venture is reading the assignment. While this sounds like a simple task, it can be a tough one. This handout will help you unravel your assignment and begin to craft an effective response. Much of the following advice will involve translating typical assignment terms ...

  12. Assignment vs Assign: Which One Is The Correct One?

    How To Use "Assignment" In A Sentence "Assignment" is a noun that refers to a task or piece of work that has been assigned to someone. Here are some examples of how to use "assignment" in a sentence: ... Not Understanding The Difference In Meaning. Using "assignment" and "assign" interchangeably can also lead to confusion in ...

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    Here are some examples of how to use "assignment" in a sentence: She received an assignment to write a report on the company's finances. He was given the assignment of leading the team on the project. The teacher handed out the assignments for the week. When using "assignment" in a sentence, it is important to make sure that the word ...

  14. Assignation Definition & Meaning

    1 : the act of assigning or the assignment made 2 : an appointment of time and place for a meeting especially : tryst returned from an assignation with his mistress W. B. Yeats Synonyms appointment date engagement rendezvous tryst See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus Examples of assignation in a Sentence

  15. Examples of 'ASSIGN' in a sentence

    We welcome feedback: report an example sentence to the Collins team. Read more…. The three women have been assigned different roles. Times, Sunday Times. ( 2017) After clocking on, you are assigned a task. Times, Sunday Times. ( 2016) Two detectives have been assigned to work on the case.

  16. Examples of "Assign" in a Sentence

    1. Assign a specific egg color for each team. He brought existential propositions, indeed, within a rational system through the principle that it must be feasible to assign a sufficient reason for them, but he refused to bring them under the conception of identity or necessity, i.e. 0. 0.


    ON ASSIGNMENT definition: 1. Someone who is on assignment is doing a particular job or piece of work, usually in a particular…. Learn more.

  18. Assignment Definition & Meaning

    Assignment definition, something assigned, as a particular task or duty: She completed the assignment and went on to other jobs. See more.

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    Meaning: [ə'saɪn] v. 1. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person) 2. give out or allot 3. attribute or credit to 4. select something or someone for a specific purpose 5. attribute or give 6. make undue claims to having 7. transfer one's right to 8. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme. Random good ...

  20. Assignation vs Assignment: Which Should You Use In Writing?

    "Assignation" refers to the act of assigning or allocating something, typically a task, role, or responsibility. It can also refer to a meeting or appointment, especially one that is secretive or illicit. When using "assignation" in a sentence, consider the following:

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    Writing rubrics exist to help you understand the assignment fully and show how you can reach the score you desire. A rubric is often illustrated in a table that includes: Row headings that articulate the requirements. Column headings that show the different scores possible. Boxes inside the rubric that show how each requirement can be achieved ...

  22. ASSIGNMENT definition and meaning

    (əˈsaɪnmənt ) noun 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

  23. English Prepositions: "In," "On," and "At"

    English prepositions: in, on, and at In English, prepositions are a type of word class that shows relationships between other words in a sentence. Prepositions can describe when something happened ("in the morning") or where something happened ("at the office"), as well as explain connections ("mother of three puppies") or give extra details ("a movie with subtitles").

  24. ASSIGNMENT Synonyms: 97 Similar and Opposite Words

    Synonyms for ASSIGNMENT: task, job, duty, project, mission, chore, responsibility, function; Antonyms of ASSIGNMENT: dismissal, discharge, firing, expulsion ...


    a piece of work or job that you are given to do: a written assignment He's on assignment in Brazil. (Definition of assignment from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press) Translations of assignment in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指學業或工作方面的)任務,功課, (被派遣到某地做的)工作, 分配(任務)… See more in Chinese (Simplified)

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    In it, Lincoln argues the war was God's answer to the sin of slavery, proof both of why the war was fought and that it was ultimately unavoidable. Here are three key sentences from the speech ...

  27. New York School District Apologies After 'Unacceptable' Assignment

    The assignment, given to sixth-graders at Mill Middle School in Buffalo, New York, asked students to translate a series of 10 sentences from English to Spanish. The second sentence on the list ...

  28. What happened to everyone at the end of 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

    Hale was released from prison in July 1947 after serving 18 years on his sentence. According to Grann, the parole board officials based his release on his age, 72, and "his record as a good prisoner."