- 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 reconsigned
In sixteen hours more, one toad was taken from a box and found to be lively, and was reconsigned to its prison.
They dared not trust themselves within the power of our troops, lest they should be reconsigned to slavery.The Exiles of Florida
Joshua R. Giddings
- 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 reconsigned
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.