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

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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

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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 There’s still time left for families who want to consign their items. Kari Barnett,, "Pop-up kids’ consignment sale coming to shopping center," 16 Oct. 2020 Pac-12 predictions consign Arizona to the cellar in the Pac-12 South. oregonlive, "Figure the Oregon Ducks to win the Pac-12 North in 2020 almost by default: Issues & Answers," 7 Oct. 2020 The Florentine house is also the first to incentivize shoppers to buy and consign its goods on TRR: For every Gucci item purchased or sold, The RealReal will plant a tree through One Tree Planted, a non-profit working on global reforestation. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Gucci and The RealReal Announce a Game-Changing Partnership," 5 Oct. 2020 This process will consign politics ever more to the culture wars. Keith C. Burris, Star Tribune, "Conventions aren't what they used to be. Neither are parties.," 14 Aug. 2020 And so, the blue whale must consign itself even more resolutely to a dependence upon krill. Eric M. Keen, Scientific American, "Why Are Blue Whales So Gigantic?," 31 July 2020 And Mumbai, with a pleasing touch, consigned Edward VII to the zoo. The Economist, "Reckoning with the past How to handle racists’ statues," 11 June 2020 Now Biden, a former vice president (get it?), is consigned to the hapless Humphrey role while Trump, like Nixon, plays to white fears. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Flawed Politics of a Law-and-Order Campaign," 31 May 2020 Christian belief in the resurrection is associated with the idea of Limbo: a place for those who are stained with original sin, and thus cannot go to heaven, but who are otherwise deserving and shouldn’t be consigned to hell. John Hooper, WSJ, "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found," 21 May 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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The first known use of consign was in 1528

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30 Oct 2020

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“Consign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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


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

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