Assignment

The receipt of an exercise notice by an options writer that requires the writer to sell ( in the case of a call) or purchase ( in the case of a put) the underlying security at the specified strike price. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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assignment as‧sign‧ment [əˈsaɪnmənt] noun
1. [countable] a piece of work that someone is given:

• My assignment was to save the company, whatever it took.

2. [uncountable] JOBS when someone is given a particular job or task, or sent to work in a particular place or for a particular person:

• With the agreement, GM got more control over the assignment of skilled workers in the plant.

3. [uncountable] the act of deciding that something has a particular value or is of a particular quality:

• Moody's said assignment of the highest rating reflects the company's improved performance.

4. [uncountable] LAW the act of giving something such as property to someone formally, by contract:

• a change of tenant halfway through the rental period through assignment of the lease

— see also deed of assignment
ˈwage asˌsignment [uncountable]
when someone agrees to have part of the money they earn taken away, for example to pay a debt or pay into a pension

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assignment UK US /əˈsaɪnmənt/ noun
[C] a task or a piece of work that is given to someone to do, often for a limited period of time: »

a six-month assignment

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Solving the industry's infrastructure problems while satisfying shareholders is going to be a tough assignment.

give sb an assignment »

Our team was given an assignment to find the gaps in the market.

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accept/refuse/take on an assignment

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carry out/complete/finish an assignment

global/international/overseas, etc. assignment »

One of his first overseas assignments was as a junior in a delegation to Moscow.

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Assessment for the course will be based on four written assignments and a final examination.

[U] the process of giving someone a particular job, task, or responsibility: »

The restructuring will require changing the assignment of responsibilities and reporting relationships.

[C or U] LAW the act of giving something that belongs to you, such as a property or a financial agreement, to somebody else: »

The Agreement will terminate automatically in the event of its assignment.

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The assignment of a legal lease must be in the form of a deed to be effective.

on assignment — Cf. on assignment
See also DEED OF ASSIGNMENT(Cf. ↑deed of assignment), WAGE ASSIGNMENT(Cf. ↑wage assignment)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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