What Does Assignment Mean?

An assignment is a statement in computer programming that is used to set a value to a variable name. The operator used to do assignment is denoted with an equal sign (=). This operand works by assigning the value on the right-hand side of the operand to the operand on the left-hand side.


It is possible for the same variable to hold different values at different instants of time.

Techopedia Explains Assignment

A simple assignment statement could be:

int x = 5

This means that x can only take integer values, and currently a value of 5 is assigned to the variable x.

A single variable can hold various values at different times based on its life span and scope. When a variable which is already assigned a value is assigned another value, the new assignment value overwrites the previously assigned
value. The assignment statement also varies from programming language to programming language.


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