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verb con·sign \kən-ˈsīn\

: to put (someone) in a usually unpleasant place or situation

: to put (something that is not wanted or used) in a place where old things are stored or thrown away

: to send (something) to a person or place to be sold

Full Definition of CONSIGN

transitive verb
:  to give over to another's care
:  to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also :  to commit especially to a final destination or fate <a writer consigned to oblivion>
:  to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold
intransitive verb
obsolete :  agree, submit
con·sign·able \-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective
con·sig·na·tion \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnā-shən, ˌkän(t)-sig-\ noun
con·sign·or \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnr, kən-\ noun

Examples of CONSIGN

  1. She consigned the painting to an auction house.
  2. The goods were consigned to him.

Origin of CONSIGN

Middle French consigner, from Latin consignare, from com- + signum sign, mark, seal — more at sign
First Known Use: 1528

Synonym Discussion of CONSIGN

commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody <committed the felon to prison>. entrust implies committing with trust and confidence <the president is entrusted with broad powers>. confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance <confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney>. consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality <consigned the damaging notes to the fire>. relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of <relegated to an obscure position in the company>.
CONSIGN Defined for Kids


verb con·sign \kən-ˈsīn\

Definition of CONSIGN for Kids

:  to send (as goods) to an agent to be sold or cared for
:  to put (something) in a place to store it or get rid of it <She consigned her old toys to the attic.>
con·sign·ment \-mənt\ noun


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