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[kuh n-sahyn] /kənˈsaɪn/
verb (used with object)
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.
  1. to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.
  2. to address for such shipment.
Obsolete. to confirm or ratify, as with a seal or other token.
verb (used without object)
to agree or assent.
Obsolete. to yield or submit.
Origin of consign
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; apparently (< Middle French consigner) < Medieval Latin consignāre to mark with sign of cross, Latin: to mark with a seal. See con-, sign
Related forms
consignable, adjective
[kon-sig-ney-shuh n] /ˌkɒn sɪgˈneɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
preconsign, verb (used with object)
reconsign, verb (used with object)
unconsignable, adjective
unconsigned, adjective
1. relegate, assign. 2. confide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Only the Prime Minister himself, personally, can so consign a paper.

  • He called upon the owner, and asked him to consign the ship to his house.

    The Land We Live In

    Henry Mann
  • Some one at Rieka most unfortunately had forgotten to consign the sugar.

  • And to think that you, an Englishman, could consign your fellow-countrymen to such a fate as that!

    The Pirate Slaver Harry Collingwood
  • Dick has no such power over me as to consign me to misery everlasting.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
British Dictionary definitions for consign


verb (mainly transitive)
to hand over or give into the care or charge of another; entrust
to commit irrevocably: he consigned the papers to the flames
to commit for admittance: to consign someone to jail
to address or deliver (goods) for sale, disposal, etc: it was consigned to his London address
(intransitive) (obsolete) to assent; agree
Derived Forms
consignable, adjective
consignation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French consigner, from Latin consignāre to put one's seal to, sign, from signum mark, sign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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