Suppose we have users and operators. Some users are assigned to certain operators. What should I call a procedure of removing an assignment, so an operator no longer works with a user or group of users? What are some antonyms for assign?
What about "dissociate" or "deallocate"?
There is some question about whether it is a real word, but I have seen and occasionally used "deassign."
If you "assign" users to an operator, you may "remove" users from the operator.
Divest comes to my mind:
(transitive) To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).
You shall never divest me of my right to free speech.
So if the original procedure is:
Assign users to an operator.
The antonym is:
Divest an operator of users.
You can revoke a task that has been allocated to someone
Consider using absign.
Why? Due to the morphology of assign:
Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner, from Latin assignare, from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign
The opposite of "ad" in Latin is "ab", and it's used in words such as "abstain", "absolve", "abdicate" etc. in English. So, replacing "ad" with "ab" gets you "absign".
Why not? I've not heard anybody else use it.
If the user is moved to a different operator, I would go for "reassigned", which carries the proper connotations, I feel.
How about "dismiss" ? one of the word's definitions is - "discharge from employment or office" which fits quite perfectly as far as I can see. "assign a doctor" / "dismiss doctor" at least one more option to the mentioned above )))
Resign is a proper answer to your question.
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