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
While collectors are likely to consign their works by him in an effort to ride this wave, few top paintings are expected to come up for sale anytime soon.
Moss gets one good scene dressing down a would-be mistress, but she is mostly consigned to voicing disappointment and exits the film midway.
Financial difficulties forced him to let the Kamm Coupé go, and following an accident in the early 1950s the car was consigned to the scrapheap.
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Origin and Etymology of consign
Middle French consigner, from Latin consignare, from com- + signum sign, mark, seal — more at sign
First Known Use: 1528
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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