verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to agree or assent.
Obsolete. to yield or submit.

Origin of consign

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 formscon·sign·a·ble, adjectivecon·sig·na·tion [kon-sig-ney-shuhn] /ˌkɒn sɪgˈneɪ ʃən/, nounpre·con·sign, verb (used with object)re·con·sign, verb (used with object)un·con·sign·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·signed, adjective

Synonyms for consign Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consign

Contemporary Examples of consign

Historical Examples of consign

  • 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.

  • 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 tr)

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
Derived Formsconsignable, adjectiveconsignation, noun

Word Origin for consign

C15: from Old French consigner, from Latin consignāre to put one's seal to, sign, from signum mark, sign
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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.

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