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Assignment vs. Project: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 8, 2023
An assignment is a specific task or piece of work assigned to someone, while a project is a planned endeavor, usually involving research or design, which is completed over a period of time.

Key Differences

The words Assignment and Project, while closely related in some contexts, maintain distinct features in terms of depth, time-span, and purpose.
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An assignment is typically a specific task or duty that is given to someone, often as part of their job or academic responsibilities. For instance, students might be given a math problem set or an essay topic as an assignment. On the other hand, a project usually entails a larger, often collaborative endeavor that aims at achieving a particular outcome or product.
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For example, building a model volcano for a science fair would be considered a project. Projects often incorporate multiple assignments or tasks. Whereas assignments are straightforward and can be individual-based, a project could require extensive research, a timeline, and even a team to achieve the desired result. Assignments can be quick and might need completion in a day or a week, while projects are more long-term and might span weeks, months, or even years.
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So, while every academic or professional endeavor could be seen as an assignment, not every assignment has the depth or breadth to be called a project.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Task or duty given to someone
A planned endeavor with a specific goal
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Duration

Typically short-term
Can be short to long-term
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Complexity

Generally straightforward
Can be intricate and multifaceted
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Collaboration

Can be individual or group-based
Often involves teamwork
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Outcome

Completion of given task
Achievement of a specific goal or product
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Assignment and Project Definitions

Assignment

A specific task given to a person or group.
Her assignment was to write an essay on Shakespeare.
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Project

An individual or collaborative enterprise that is planned to achieve a particular aim.
Their research project took two years to complete.
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Assignment

A position or post to which someone is appointed.
His next assignment was in the finance department.
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Project

To forecast or estimate something in the future.
The company projects a 10% growth this year.
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Assignment

A task or piece of work allocated to someone.
Students received an assignment in history class today.
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Project

To convey or communicate a particular impression.
He projects confidence in every meeting.
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Assignment

The transfer of rights or property.
The assignment of the patent was recorded last week.
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Project

An undertaking requiring concerted effort
A community cleanup project.
A government-funded irrigation project.
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Assignment

The act of assigning
His assignment of the tasks seemed unfair.
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Project

An extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons.
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Assignment

Something, such as a task, that is assigned
What's the math assignment for tonight?.
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Project

A plan or proposal for accomplishing something.
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Assignment

A position or post of duty to which one is assigned
The journalist took an assignment in China.
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Project

Also projects A housing project.
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Assignment

The transfer of a claim, right, interest, or property from one to another.
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Project

To thrust outward or forward
Project one's jaw in defiance.
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Assignment

The instrument by which this transfer is effected.
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Project

To throw forward; hurl
Project an arrow.
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Assignment

The act of assigning; the allocation of a job or a set of tasks.
This flow chart represents the assignment of tasks in our committee.
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Project

To send out into space; cast
Project a light beam.
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Assignment

The categorization of something as belonging to a specific category.
We should not condone the assignment of asylum seekers to that of people smugglers.
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Project

To cause (an image) to appear on a surface by the controlled direction of light
Projected the slide onto a screen.
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Assignment

(LGBT) The categorization of persons as belonging to the male or female sex.
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Project

(Mathematics) To produce (a projection).
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Assignment

An assigned task.
The assignment the department gave him proved to be quite challenging.
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Project

To direct (one's voice) so as to be heard clearly at a distance.
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Assignment

A position to which someone is assigned.
Unbeknownst to Mr Smith, his new assignment was in fact a demotion.
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Project

(Psychology) To attribute (one's own emotion or motive, for example) to someone else unconsciously in order to avoid anxiety or guilt.
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Assignment

(education) A task given to students, such as homework or coursework.
Mrs Smith gave out our assignments, and said we had to finish them by Monday.
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Project

To convey an impression of to an audience or to others
A posture that projects defeat.
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Assignment

(legal) A transfer of a right or benefit from one person to another.
The assignment of the lease has not been finalised yet.
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Project

To form a plan or intention for
Project a new business enterprise.
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Assignment

(legal) A document that effects this transfer.
Once you receive the assignment in the post, be sure to sign it and send it back as soon as possible.
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Project

To calculate, estimate, or predict (something in the future), based on present data or trends
Projecting next year's expenses.
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Assignment

(programming) An operation that assigns a value to a variable.
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Project

To extend forward or out; jut out
Beams that project beyond the eaves.
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Assignment

An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court.
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Project

To direct one's voice so as to be heard clearly at a distance.
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Assignment

A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands.
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Project

A planned endeavor, usually with a specific goal and accomplished in several steps or stages.
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Assignment

A duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces);
Hazardous duty
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Project

An urban low-income housing building.
Projects like Pruitt-Igoe were considered irreparably dangerous and demolished.
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Assignment

The instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
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Project

(dated) An idle scheme; an impracticable design.
A man given to projects
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Assignment

The act of distributing something to designated places or persons;
The first task is the assignment of an address to each datum
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Project

A raw recruit who the team hopes will improve greatly with coaching; a long shot diamond in the rough
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Assignment

(law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
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Project

(obsolete) A projectile.
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Assignment

An undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
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Project

(obsolete) A projection.
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Assignment

The act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
The appointment had to be approved by the whole committee
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Project

(intransitive) To extend beyond a surface.
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Assignment

The action of assigning or allotting something.
The assignment of duties was done by the manager.
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Project

(transitive) To cast (an image or shadow) upon a surface; to throw or cast forward; to shoot forth.
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Project

(transitive) To extend (a protrusion or appendage) outward.
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Project

(transitive) To make plans for; to forecast.
The CEO is projecting the completion of the acquisition by April 2007.
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Project

To present (oneself), to convey a certain impression, usually in a good way.
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Project

To assume qualities or mindsets in others based on one's own personality.
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Project

(cartography) To change the projection (or coordinate system) of spatial data with another projection.
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Project

(geometry) To draw straight lines from a fixed point through every point of any body or figure, and let these fall upon a surface so as to form the points of a new figure.
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Project

(neuroanatomy) (of a neuron or group of neurons) to have axon(s) extending to and therefore able to influence a remote location
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Project

To speak or sing in such a way that one can be heard from a large distance away.
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Project

The place from which a thing projects, or starts forth.
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Project

That which is projected or designed; something intended or devised; a scheme; a design; a plan.
Vented much policy, and projects deep.
Projects of happiness devised by human reason.
He entered into the project with his customary ardor.
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Project

An idle scheme; an impracticable design; as, a man given to projects.
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Project

To throw or cast forward; to shoot forth.
Before his feet herself she did project.
Behold! th' ascending villas on my sideProject long shadows o'er the crystal tide.
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Project

To cast forward or revolve in the mind; to contrive; to devise; to scheme; as, to project a plan.
What sit then projecting peace and war?
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Project

To draw or exhibit, as the form of anything; to delineate; as, to project a sphere, a map, an ellipse, and the like; - sometimes with on, upon, into, etc.; as, to project a line or point upon a plane. See Projection, 4.
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Project

To shoot forward; to extend beyond something else; to be prominent; to jut; as, the cornice projects; branches project from the tree.
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Project

To form a project; to scheme.
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Project

Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted;
He prepared for great undertakings
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Project

A planned undertaking
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Project

Communicate vividly;
He projected his feelings
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Project

Extend out or project in space;
His sharp nose jutted out
A single rock sticks out from the cliff
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Project

Transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
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Project

Project on a screen;
The images are projected onto the screen
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Project

Cause to be heard;
His voice projects well
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Project

Draw a projection of
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Project

Make or work out a plan for; devise;
They contrived to murder their boss
Design a new sales strategy
Plan an attack
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Project

Present for consideration
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Project

Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;
I can't see him on horseback!
I can see what will happen
I can see a risk in this strategy
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Project

Put or send forth;
She threw the flashlight beam into the corner
The setting sun threw long shadows
Cast a spell
Cast a warm light
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Project

Throw, send, or cast forward;
Project a missile
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Project

Regard as objective
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Project

A specific plan or design.
The new housing project will start next month.
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Project

To protrude or stick out.
The balcony projects from the building's side.
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FAQs

Can the word "project" mean to stick out?

Yes, as in "a ledge projecting from the wall."
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Which typically requires more planning: assignment or project?

Projects usually demand more extensive planning.
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Is every project also an assignment?

Not necessarily, but every project could encompass several assignments.
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Do projects always require a team?

No, projects can be individual or team-based.
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Is every school task an assignment?

Most school tasks can be termed assignments, but some might be projects.
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Can one project have multiple assignments?

Yes, a project can be broken down into multiple assignments or tasks.
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Does an assignment always come from a higher authority?

Often, but not always. Self-assigned tasks are also assignments.
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Is an assignment always academic?

No, assignments can be professional, personal, or academic.
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Can a project be something intangible?

Yes, projects can produce tangible or intangible outcomes.
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Can an assignment span several weeks?

Yes, although assignments are generally shorter, some can be long-term.
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Can "project" mean to display or show?

Yes, as in "projecting a movie on a screen."
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Which is generally more complex, an assignment or a project?

Projects are usually more complex and multifaceted.
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Can a project involve physical construction?

Yes, like building a model or a structure.
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Can "assignment" mean the transfer of rights?

Yes, like in legal contexts or property transfers.
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What is the primary distinction between an assignment and a project?

Assignments are specific tasks, while projects are larger endeavors with specific goals.
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Are projects always goal-oriented?

Typically, projects have specific goals or outcomes in mind.
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How are assignments and projects graded differently?

Assignments might focus on task completion, while projects could assess process, teamwork, and final product.
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Is an art piece a project or an assignment?

It could be either, depending on context. If given as a task, it's an assignment. If it's a personal endeavor, it's a project.
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How do I know if I should call something a project or an assignment?

Assess its scope, duration, and complexity. If it's a large, multifaceted task, it's likely a project.
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Can an assignment turn into a project?

Yes, if its scope expands or it evolves in complexity.
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