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assign (something) to

To designate someone as responsible for doing something, or as responsible for having done something. Oh, I already assigned that project to Nicole. Since I was driving when we got into the accident, they assigned the blame to me.
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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.
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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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Thus, winning the DEA sets apart this battalion and speaks very well for the caliber of personnel assigned to it.
Measures Attitudes towards EFL homework were measured by a short version of EFL homework questionnaire (Qtpcl, Questionario de TPC de Ingles--Rosario, et al., 2005), consisting of a 7-item scale assessing students' attitudes and behaviors towards EFL homework (e.g., I study EFL even when I don't have any assigned homework; alpha de Cronbach was equal to .84).
Mossey is being assigned as commander, Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The system has various names, but its core idea is that there is a central committee of ranking managers to provide leadership in safety and health, task groups or subcommittees of middle and first line managers, and hourly employees assigned to participate in the safety system (see Figure 1).
If the Current keys box is empty, that task has no assigned keys.
As of December 10, 2005, the Oklahoma City Branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will no longer process checks, and depository institutions that were assigned to that office have been reassigned to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
The ratings assigned to these chemicals/ substances include excellent resistance, good resistance, fair resistance or not recommended.
of the Court." Rule 183(c), directed to the Tax Court judge to whom the case is assigned for final decision, reads:
Efforts already under way have resulted in a trend away from insurers facing joint and several liability and toward several liability, in which financial responsibility is apportioned according to the blame assigned to each party by judge or jury.