con·​sign kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio)
consigned; consigning; consigns

transitive verb

: to give over to another's care
consign her single daughters to the care of their sister …Jane Austen
: 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
: to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold
consigned the paintings for sale
consignable adjective
consignation noun
consignor 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.
Recent Examples on the Web It should be consigned to the trash heap of lies and misinformation. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2024 The French emperor later gave the two pistols to his squire General Armand de Caulaincourt, whose descendants consigned them to the auction house. Karen K. Ho,, 9 July 2024 Labour won with a landslide, while the Conservatives were consigned to electoral oblivion, dented by the rise of Nigel Farage’s Reform UK. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 5 July 2024 Smith’s office is now consigned to assess the tatters in which the court’s ruling has left its prosecution and determine, like a homeowner after a tornado has touched down, what can be salvaged. Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for consign 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consign was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Consign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​sign kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio)
: to give over to another's care : entrust
: to give, transfer, or deliver to another
: to send or address (as goods) to an agent to be cared for or sold

Legal Definition


transitive verb
con·​sign kən-ˈsīn How to pronounce consign (audio)
: to entrust (one's goods) to the possession of a dealer to be sold for profit or returned if unsold compare bail, entrust
consignment noun

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