1 allot, allocate, apportion, consign, appropriate, distribute, give (out), grant:
A water ration was assigned to each person.
2 fix, set (apart or aside), settle (on), determine, appoint, authorize, designate, ordain, prescribe, specify:
Have they really assigned Thursday as the day of worship? Please sit in the seats assigned to you.
3 appoint, designate, order; name, delegate, nominate, attach; choose, select; Brit second:
The men have been assigned to their posts. I assigned David to look after the champagne.
4 attribute, ascribe, accredit, put down; refer:
To which century did the curator assign this vase?