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verb con·sign \kən-ˈsīn\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consign

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give over to another's care

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold

  5. intransitive verb
  6. obsolete :  agree, submit

consignable play \-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective
consignation play \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnā-shən, ˌkän(t)-sig-\ noun
consignor play \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnȯr, kən-\ noun

Examples of consign in a sentence

  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 Students


  1. 1 :  to send (as goods) to an agent to be sold or cared for

  2. 2 :  to put (something) in a place to store it or get rid of it <She consigned her old toys to the attic.>

consignment \-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary


transitive verb con·sign \kən-ˈsīn\

Legal Definition of consign

  1. :  to entrust (one's goods) to the possession of a dealer to be sold for profit or returned if unsold — compare bail, entrust

consignment noun
consignor \kən-ˈsī-nər, ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnȯr\ play noun

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