Definition of consign
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
consignableplay \kən-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective
consignationplay \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnā-shən, ˌkän(t)-sig-\ noun
consignorplay \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnȯr, kən-\ noun
Examples of consign in a Sentence
She consigned the painting to an auction house.
The goods were consigned to him.
Recent Examples of consign from the Web
But there's risk involved with consigning the near term to the dust bin.
The neolibs were claiming to own the future, and consigning their adversaries to the past.
Unfortunately, or more truly fortunately, our work came to fruition just as Reagan and Gorbachev achieved peace and good will between the West and Russia, thus consigning my magnum opus to the classified waste bin of irrelevance.
Gassaway was left in Florida at the end of spring training yet again, consigned to another year of extended spring training games against the same three clubs for three months until Aberdeen started up again.
The private collector recently consigned the crown worn by Grande to an auction house called Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.
According to a spokesman for Nate D. Sanders Auctions, the proceeds collected from the bejeweled tiara, which was consigned prior to the Manchester attack, will not be donated to charity, and the bidding will start at $5,000.
That private collector has since consigned it to the auction house, the spokesman said.
But any such inequality should be cured by treating other refugees better, not consigning Cubans to oppression.
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Synonym Discussion of consign
CONSIGN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consign for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of consign for Students
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.
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