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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On the rebound, Millicent married the staid psychologist Walter Bingham, consigning herself to a life of quiet desperation—and her mother’s clutches. Brenda Wineapple, WSJ, "‘After Emily’ Review: The Belles of Amherst," 25 Oct. 2018 On the eve of Hun Sen's appearance before General Assembly, a U.N. special rapporteur told the world body's Human Rights Council that the elections had consigned Cambodia's democracy to history for the next five years. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Malaysia, Cambodia offer 2 Asian narratives of change at UN," 27 Sep. 2018 Exposing the West’s remaining coal plants to competition from cheap California solar or Montana wind ought to consign them to the early death fate facing so many coal plants in Eastern energy markets. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?," 23 Aug. 2018 Statistically clubs either bounce back in their first two years or are consigned to a long stay in England’s lower tiers. SI.com, "West Brom's Premier League Success Has Hindered Their Ability to Bounce Back From Relegation," 1 June 2018 The store brought in new customers, deepened the company’s overall engagement with its existing customers and consignors in the region and helped boost their spending and consigning with the retailer, Ms. Levesque said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Retailers Looking to Test Run Stores See Opportunity in Short-Term Leases," 1 Sep. 2018 Now, however, that tradition feels consigned to irrelevance, even as the Christian nationalist tradition that has informed so much of evangelical thought continues to become more and more influential. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why this shrinking religious group might be among America’s last “swing voters”," 5 Nov. 2018 When the new one would arrive, Gurganus said, the old one was consigned to the outhouse as reading material and, well, toilet paper. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 Under Jose Mourinho, Martial has become regularly consigned to the bench, with Mourinho preferring the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford in 2018. SI.com, "Tottenham Fans React as New Report Provides Update on Anthony Martial's Man Utd Future," 2 July 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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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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