verb con·sign \ kən-ˈsīn \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of consign

consigned; consigning; consigns
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


play \kən-ˈsī-nə-bəl\ adjective


play \ˌkän-ˌsī-ˈnā-shən, ˌkän(t)-sig-\ noun


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.

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Origin and Etymology of consign

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

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 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


verb con·sign \ kən-ˈsīn \

Definition of consign for Students

consigned; consigning
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.


\-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary


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




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

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