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 for To assign dower
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assign \As*sign"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assigned; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Assigning.] [OE. assignen, asignen, F. assigner, fr. L.
     assignare; ad + signare to mark, mark out, designate, signum
     mark, sign. See Sign.]
     1. To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.
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              In the order I assign to them.        --Loudon.
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              The man who could feel thus was worthy of a better
              station than that in which his lot had been
              assigned.                             --Southey.
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              He assigned to his men their several posts.
                                                    --Prescott.
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     2. To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out
        authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to
        assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.
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              All as the dwarf the way to her assigned. --Spenser.
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              It is not easy to assign a period more eventful.
                                                    --De Quincey.
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     3. (Law) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to
        transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called
        assignees, for the benefit of creditors.
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     To assign dower, to set out by metes and bounds the widow's
        share or portion in an estate. --Kent.
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