Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

v. In conveyancing. To make or set over to another ; to transfer; as to assign property or some interest therein. Cowell ; 2 Bl. Comm. 326; Bump v. Van Orsdale, II Barb. (N. Y.) 638; Hoag v. Mendenhall, 19 Minn. 336 (Gil. 289). In practice. To appoint, allot, select, or designate for a particular purpose, or duty. Thus, in England, justices are said to be "assigned to take the assises," "assigned to hold pleas," "assigned to make gaol delivery," "assigned to keep the peace," etc. St. Westm. 2, c. 30; Reg. Orig. 68, 69; 3 Bl. Comm. 58, 59, 353; 1 Bl. Comm. 351. To transfer persons, as a sheriff is said to assign prisoners in his custody. . To point at, or point out; to set fojth, or specify; to mark out or designate; asj to assign errors on a writ of error; to 'assign breaches of a covenant. 2 Tidd, Pr. 1168; 1 Tidd, 686.

Henry Campbell Black, M.A.
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