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assign someone or something to someone or something

to designate someone or something as belonging to someone or something else. They assigned the new car to Roger. They assigned the new worker to the mail room.

assign something to someone

to attribute something to someone; to blame something on someone. We were forced to assign the blame to Robert. They assigned the responsibility for the accident to the driver of the car.
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On this ground we have an opportunity to assign over multitudes who would willingly claim places here to other parts of the procession.
For this they assign the very good reason that they do not believe there is anything at all on the other side.
The rush for the "sole paper which had the news," was something beyond even the prodigious ; and, in fact, if (as some assert) the "Victoria" did not absolutely accomplish the voyage recorded, it will be difficult to assign a reason why she should not have accomplished it.
The veriest bumpkin, on entering an apartment so bedizzened, would be instantly aware of something wrong, although he might be altogether unable to assign a cause for his dissatisfaction.
writes word that she could not get the young lady to assign any cause for her extraordinary conduct, which confirms me in my own previous explanation of it, Frederica is too shy, I think, and too much in awe of me to tell tales, but if the mildness of her uncle should get anything out of her, I am not afraid.
Ye-es," repeated Miss Flite in her most genteel accents, "my executor, administrator, and assign.
If the woman belonged there, what better place to search or await her than the very spot which his broken recollections seemed to assign to her?
Yes, Socrates, said Glaucon, and the whole of life is the only limit which wise men assign to the hearing of such discourses.