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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from consign

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for consign

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 She was taught that God loved her but wouldn’t think twice about consigning her to Hell for wearing shorts. Carina Chocano, The New Yorker, "Suzy Batiz’s Empire of Odor," 28 Oct. 2019 The Dolphins and the Redskins are at a stage familiar to the Jets and the Bills, whose inability to unearth a franchise quarterback consigned them to years of mediocrity, and worse. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "In the N.F.L., Change Is Inevitable. Just Not Atop the Standings.," 21 Oct. 2019 His weapon was a straight overhead fastball, a cannon that overpowered hitters — along with his right shoulder, which consigned him to spend the rest of his career as a journeyman battling back from arm problems. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Jim Bouton, Yankees pitcher whose 'Ball Four' blew the whistle on baseball, dies at 80," 11 July 2019 By Friday morning, Britons awoke to a Labour Party largely consigned to the cities of England. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "How Labour’s Working-Class Vote Crumbled and Its Nemesis Won the North," 13 Dec. 2019 Dries Mertens' penalty and Fernando Llorente's late goal following an uncharacteristic Virgil van Dijk error consigned the Reds to a fourth successive defeat on the road in the Champions League group stages. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League," 17 Sep. 2019 THE FALL of the Berlin Wall in 1989 supposedly consigned socialism to history. The Economist, "What would millennial socialists do with power?," 28 Nov. 2019 That would consign the American to a bunch of bowls who change their corporate names about every 15 minutes. John Feinstein, courant.com, "AAC football is every bit as good as ACC, though it can’t get in the same club," 20 Nov. 2019 The group's economists estimate that Britain's economy, which contracted for the first time in seven years in the second quarter, would be consigned to sluggish growth of around 1% in 2020. Charles Riley, CNN, "The never-ending Brexit saga is a nightmare for business. Here's why," 28 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'consign.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about consign

Time Traveler for consign

Time Traveler

The first known use of consign was in 1528

See more words from the same year

Statistics for consign

Last Updated

12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consign.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consign. Accessed 19 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for consign

consign

verb
How to pronounce consign (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of consign

formal
: 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
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 consignor (audio) \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on consign

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for consign

Spanish Central: Translation of consign

Nglish: Translation of consign for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of consign for Arabic Speakers

Comments on consign

What made you want to look up consign? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to insert between existing elements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!