consign

verb
con·​sign | \kən-ˈsīn \
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

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Other Words from consign

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

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.

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In the hope that such subterfuges are consigned to the past, her name on the program is cited as Maria Grandval. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "Summer selections for classical music lovers," 8 June 2018 Unfortunately, the Latin texts are consigned to the back, making consultation tricky for the casual Latinist. Brendan Boyle, WSJ, "‘How to Die’ Review: Finish With a Flourish," 26 Apr. 2018 Points-per-reception, or PPR, fantasy football formats should have been consigned to the dustbin of history earlier this decade. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Players Who are More Valuable in PPR Leagues," 12 July 2018 The away side are 19th in the league and, with ten points between themselves and Spal in 17th, Saturday’s game will do little more than consign them to the relegation which has long been confirmed. SI.com, "Juventus vs Hellas Verona Preview: Current Form, Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 18 May 2018 Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's 'golden generation' to another bitter disappointment. Kieran Canning, chicagotribune.com, "Umtiti heads France into World Cup final as Belgium fall short," 10 July 2018 After becoming a staple on many British streets, the booths began disappearing in the 1980s, with the privatization of British Telecom and the rise of the mobile phone consigning most of them to the scrap heap. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback," 22 May 2018 Vocational education will not succeed so long as culture and public policy consign it to second-class status—a dumping ground for students who interfere with what school districts consider their real mission, college prep. Oren Cass, WSJ, "Not Everyone Should Go to College," 17 May 2018 The Democratic Party dominated the House; the Republican Party consigned itself to being the permanent minority; and no one in either party thought partisan control of the House could switch hands in any upcoming election. Richard Pildes, Washington Post, "Why gerrymandering is going to get even worse," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \

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 \ noun

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