ASSIGNED VALUE is a value that serves as an agreed-upon reference for comparison; normally derived from or based upon experimental work of some national or international organization.

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The Borrower may sell or substitute any Loan with an Assigned Value of zero or any Equity Security to any Person; provided, that any such sale shall be made on an arm’s-length basis at fair market value (or, solely with respect to any Loan repurchased pursuant to Section 2.2 of the applicable Sale Agreement, the applicable Transfer Deposit Amount (as defined in the applicable Sale Agreement)).

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Definition of assign

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transitive verb

Definition of assign  (Entry 2 of 2)

ascribe , attribute , assign , impute , credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing.

ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.

attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe , less definiteness than assign .

assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.

impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.

credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation.

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Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner , from Latin assignare , from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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"Assign a variable to a value" or the other way round?

I was wondering which of these phrases is/are correct:

I'd say the second is correct, but I'm not a native speaker. A quick Google search reveals thousands of results such as "assign a variable to the file content", but another search returns a lot of results for the other word order ("assign a value to HTML input field").

Which of these two phrases is correct? Or are both correct?

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Assign a value to a variable is correct. Alternatively, you could say assign a variable a value .

Compare assign and give :

Give a value to a variable vs. give a variable a value

Terry Li's user avatar

You want "assign a value to a variable"; it is the variable that is receiving the assignment of something. Think of the same sentence with "price" for "value" and "commodity" for "variable"; you assign a price to a commodity but not the other way around.

Monica Cellio's user avatar

A variable is a quantity that may represent any one of a set of values. So you assign a value to a variable . The second one is correct.

Mehper C. Palavuzlar's user avatar

Assign a value to a variable . The confusion may arise from the fact that you can correctly say assign a variable a value , which has the same meaning.

MetaEd's user avatar

Being a math teacher, I immediately began running my classroom dialogue through my head looking for common usage (which of course isn't always correct usage).

So, from the trenches, we say "Assign a value to a variable."

When we take a value, assign it a variable name so we can look at behavior for all possible values, we call that a parameter, rather than a variable.

However, we don't typically assign values to variables. Rather we define variables to represent quantities, and then solve for values of interest under the given conditions.

NOTE: I recognize that the StackExchange is for providing answers, rather than getting into discussions. I offered the above in case @pimvdb was writing in/about an unfamiliar field and could benefit from some "insider" knowledge. If the moderators need to delete this, that won't bother me.

HTG's user avatar

Well, according to me, assign a value to variable is correct because technically we always assign some value to a variable that holds that assigned value and assign a variable to value is wrong technically. We cannot assign a variable to a value. Please let me know if there is any confusion.

Bogdan Lataianu's user avatar

I agree with other answers that "assign a value to a variable" is the most common and generally intended answer. However, there is one occasion where "assign a variable to a value" would make sense: When you are trying to generalize, say, a mathematical example or solution, you can take a value and assign it a variable to generate the solution for all possible values of that variable.

Kavka's user avatar

They mean two different things.

To "assign a value to a variable" is something you tell the computer to do. Once the value has been assigned to the variable, the variable holds that value.

To "assign a variable to a value" is something you do. It means to designate a specific variable to hold a certain value. After you have done this, you intend that the variable will hold that value, but it doesn't actually hold it yet.

So, to "assign a variable to hold the contents of the file" means to create or select a variable that will at some point hold the contents of the file. To "assign the contents of the file to the variable" means to perform the steps so that the variable actually does hold the contents of the file.

David Schwartz's user avatar

Both were right in their context and the exactness depends on how the user interprets and requires to be noted.

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Variable Assignment

To "assign" a variable means to symbolically associate a specific piece of information with a name. Any operations that are applied to this "name" (or variable) must hold true for any possible values. The assignment operator is the equals sign which SHOULD NEVER be used for equality, which is the double equals sign.

The '=' symbol is the assignment operator. Warning, while the assignment operator looks like the traditional mathematical equals sign, this is NOT the case. The equals operator is '=='

Design Pattern

To evaluate an assignment statement:

We've already seen many examples of assignment. Assignment means: "storing a value (of a particular type) under a variable name" . Think of each assignment as copying the value of the righthand side of the expression into a "bucket" associated with the left hand side name!

Read this as, the variable called "name" is "assigned" the value computed by the expression to the right of the assignment operator ('=');

Now that you have seen some variables being assigned, tell me what the following code means?

The answer to above questions: the assignment means that lkjasdlfjlskdfjlksjdflkj is a variable (a really badly named one), but a variable none-the-less. jlkajdsf and lkjsdflkjsdf must also be variables. The sum of the two numbers held in jlkajdsf and lkjsdflkjsdf is stored in the variable lkjasdlfjlskdfjlksjdflkj.

Examples of builtin Data and Variables (and Constants)

For more info, use the "help" command: (e.g., help realmin);

Examples of using Data and Variable

Pattern to memorize, assignment pattern.

The assignment pattern creates a new variable, if this is the first time we have seen the "name", or, updates the variable to a new value!

Read the following code in English as: First, compute the value of the thing to the right of the assignment operator (the =). then store the computed value under the given name, destroying anything that was there before.

Or more concisely: assign the variable "name" the value computed by "right_hand_expression"

Python Tutorial

How do I assign a dictionary value to a variable in Python?

You can assign a dictionary value to a variable in Python using the access operator []. 

This will give the output −

This syntax can also be used to reassign the value associated with this key. 

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