- to hand over or deliver formally or officially; commit (often followed by to).
- to transfer to another's custody or charge; entrust.
- to set apart for or devote to (a special purpose or use): to consign two afternoons a week to the club.
- to banish or set apart in one's mind; relegate: to consign unpleasant thoughts to oblivion.
- to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.
- to address for such shipment.
- Obsolete. to confirm or ratify, as with a seal or other token.
- to agree or assent.
- Obsolete. to yield or submit.
Origin of consign
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Examples from the Web for consign
With a voice thick with tears, Collins told Fajuri he had stopped performing in 2000 and it was time to consign the piece.Get a Piece of Houdini Before He Disappears
August 22, 2014
That may be because it is the only state in the union which allows a simple 7-5 verdict by a jury to consign someone to death.Florida Drags Down U.S. on Amnesty International’s Global Death Penalty Report
March 27, 2014
Her fourth born child, Brian, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism, but she refused to consign him to an institution.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
Ford may have been seeking a place in heaven, the Journal warned, but this action would more likely consign him to hell.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit
January 6, 2014
And why would she consign herself to lame-duck status, even if two years from now that might be her intention?Nancy Pelosi Decides to Stay as Democratic Leader, Maps Out Women’s Future
November 14, 2012
Only the Prime Minister himself, personally, can so consign a paper.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
He called upon the owner, and asked him to consign the ship to his house.The Land We Live In
Some one at Rieka most unfortunately had forgotten to consign the sugar.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
And to think that you, an Englishman, could consign your fellow-countrymen to such a fate as that!The Pirate Slaver
Dick has no such power over me as to consign me to misery everlasting.Jewel Weed
Alice Ames Winter
- to hand over or give into the care or charge of another; entrust
- to commit irrevocablyhe consigned the papers to the flames
- to commit for admittanceto consign someone to jail
- to address or deliver (goods) for sale, disposal, etcit was consigned to his London address
- (intr) obsolete to assent; agree
Word Origin and History for consign
early 15c., "to ratify by a sign or seal," from Middle French consigner (15c.), from Latin consignare "to seal, register," originally "to mark with a sign," from com- "together" (see com-) + signare "to sign, mark," from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)). Commercial sense is from 1650s. Related: Consignee; consignor.