Simple Definition of consign
: 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
1 : to give over to another's care
2 : 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>
3 : to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold
Examples of consign
She consigned the painting to an auction house.
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
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