consign

verb
con·​sign | \ kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio) \
consigned; consigning; consigns

Definition of consign

transitive verb

1 : to give over to another's care consign her single daughters to the care of their sister …— Jane Austen
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 consign a body to the grave
3 : to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold consigned the paintings for sale

Other Words from consign

consignable \ kən-​ˈsī-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce consign (audio) \ adjective
consignation \ ˌkän-​ˌsī-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce consign (audio) , ˌkän(t)-​sig-​ \ noun
consignor \ ˌkän-​ˌsī-​ˈnȯr How to pronounce consign (audio) , kən-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of consign in a Sentence

She consigned the painting to an auction house. The goods were consigned to him.
Recent Examples on the Web In the run-up to the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, host Britain announced one of its goals of the conference was to consign coal to history. Karl Ritter, ajc, 13 Nov. 2021 The proposal to make two years of community college free would boost productivity and reduce unemployment among those whose high school degrees would otherwise consign them to low-wage work. John Harwood, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 Why consign a heroine of Diana’s iconic stature and expressive power to one genre? Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 The White House is vowing a new six-point strategy to consign the crisis to the past. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 To move forward, PROMESA would have to consign its manual processes to history, dedicating itself to collating and analyzing data accumulated from disparate on-premise and cloud systems – and placing all that information in a central inventory. Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 That is why the team is always willing to negotiate prices, accept returns and offer to consign certain items, for short periods of time, if the customer selling them is not happy with the initial purchase price LXR offers. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Harpies, warlocks, and abyssal knights are constantly breaching the walls, and players have to muster their own infernal forces to consign the interlopers back to the pits. Luke Winkie, Wired, 1 June 2021 Those markdowns rarely translate to real savings—and often consign families to debt servitude. Susan Paterno, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of consign

1528, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for consign

Middle French consigner, from Latin consignare, from com- + signum sign, mark, seal — more at sign

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The first known use of consign was in 1528

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“Consign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consign. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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consign

verb

English Language Learners 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

consign

verb
con·​sign | \ kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio) \
consigned; consigning

Kids Definition of consign

1 : to send (as goods) to an agent to be sold or cared for
2 : to put (something) in a place to store it or get rid of it She consigned her old toys to the attic.

Other Words from consign

consignment \ -​mənt \ noun

consign

transitive verb
con·​sign | \ kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio) \

Legal Definition of consign

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

Other Words from consign

consignment noun
consignor \ kən-​ˈsī-​nər, ˌkän-​ˌsī-​ˈnȯr How to pronounce consign (audio) \ noun

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