verb \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


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