consign

verb
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for consign

Synonyms

dispatch, pack (off), send, ship, shoot, transfer, transmit, transport

Antonyms

accept, receive

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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.

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To consign something to oblivion is not to be oblivious about it. Christian Wiman, WSJ, "‘A Primer for Forgetting’ Review: The Past Need Not Be Prologue," 21 June 2019 Alvarez said the court ruling has ‘‘rendered moot and academic’’ the impeachment proceedings, which now have to be consigned to the archives. Jim Gomez, BostonGlobe.com, "Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice," 19 June 2018 Their creations were no longer needed and nearly all were consigned to the trash heap. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "The Voting Machine That Displayed Different Ballots Based on Your Sex," 26 June 2019 They were consigned to the insecure middle, where every misstep was perilous. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How to Catch a Cyber Sextortionist," 25 June 2019 They were consigned to the insecure middle, where every misstep was perilous. Stephanie Clifford, WIRED, "He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back," 24 June 2019 No one is consigning the Laver Cup to an exhibition. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Seven Reasons Why Mid-Match Coaching is a Terrible Idea," 19 June 2019 And Burns’ trial, for which Lee decamped south, didn’t disappoint: amid fervid legal sparring, Radney’s daring insanity defense prevailed — Burns was consigned to a psychiatric hospital from which within weeks he was discharged. Stephen Phillips, latimes.com, "This Southern murder trial inspired Harper Lee's 'lost' book. 'Furious Hours' reexamines it," 14 June 2019 The ensuing 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, passed with enthusiastic administration pressure, would consign millions of black Americans to a life behind bars. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019

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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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consign

verb

English Language Learners Definition of consign

formal
: 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

verb
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

consign

transitive verb
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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