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 \-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.
Origin and Etymology of consign
Medieval 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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