I would like to use a verb to describe the above situation. There are many professions like consultants,web designers which charge fees on project basis.

Example answer for above question would be :

I assign Max(freelance designer) to design a logo for my new coffee shop at 100$.

Are there any more fitting verbs other than assign to describe the situation? The closest word I found to describe is consign but it isn't expressive enough for what I would like to say.

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    Does "commissioned" work for you?
    – deadrat
    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:25
  • Not an answer to your question, but you need an article before logo.
    – oerkelens
    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:30
  • @deadrat yeah, I thought of it before. What I would like to know from this question is to get other verbs for usage in this situtation. Thanks
    – Wai Yan
    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:41
  • Consult, contract, and hire come to mind.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Aug 28, 2015 at 13:06

3 Answers 3


One word is engage

[with object] Arrange to employ or hire (someone):
he was engaged as a trainee copywriter

[with infinitive] Pledge or enter into a contract to do something:
he engaged to pay them £10,000 against a bond


You engaged Max to design your logo.

Or possibly contract

[with object and infinitive] Impose an obligation on (someone) to do something by means of a formal agreement:
health authorities contract a hospital to treat a specific number of patients

[no object] Enter into a formal and legally binding agreement:
the local authority will contract with a wide range of agencies to provide services


You contracted Max to design your logo.
You contracted with Max to design your logo.

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    Or just "hired"
    – Dale M
    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:53
  • @DaleM Why not make that an answer? I didn't include it because it's not usually used in the UK: we hire cars, not people.
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:54
  • @DaleM "Hired" may be used in some quarters, but the distinction between being engaged (as a consultant or freelancer) and being hired (as an employee) can be an extremely important one. Aug 28, 2015 at 11:48

How about enlist? Maybe this sounds better than assign?



is the most common way to say this in the U.S. (Engage could be used, but might make you sound a bit pompous.)

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