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[ kuhn-sahyn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to hand over or deliver formally or officially; commit (often followed by to ).

    Synonyms: assign, relegate

  2. to transfer to another's custody or charge; entrust.

    Synonyms: confide

  3. to set apart for or devote to (a special purpose or use):

    to consign two afternoons a week to the club.

  4. to banish or set apart in one's mind; relegate:

    to consign unpleasant thoughts to oblivion.

  5. Commerce.
    1. to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.
    2. to address for such shipment.
  6. Obsolete. to confirm or ratify, as with a seal or other token.

verb (used without object)

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


/ kənˈsaɪn /


  1. to hand over or give into the care or charge of another; entrust
  2. to commit irrevocably

    he consigned the papers to the flames

  3. to commit for admittance

    to consign someone to jail

  4. to address or deliver (goods) for sale, disposal, etc

    it was consigned to his London address

  5. obsolete.
    intr to assent; agree
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌconsignˈation, noun
  • conˈsignable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • con·signa·ble adjective
  • con·sig·na·tion [kon-sig-, ney, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • precon·sign verb (used with object)
  • recon·sign verb (used with object)
  • uncon·signa·ble adjective
  • uncon·signed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of consign1

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
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Word History and Origins

Origin of consign1

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

Many of the museum’s most prized holdings were consigned to storage.

It’s not the first time Nokia’s marketers have taken on more of the work usually consigned to agencies.

From Digiday

In an ideal world, his small business would run out of customers and be consigned to history.

From Ozy

However, given Google’s existence, that model will probably consign Neeva to permanent niche-player status.

Some of the more than 2,000 items will be consigned by The RealReal’s customers, but Gucci is supplying products as well.

From Quartz

With a voice thick with tears, Collins told Fajuri he had stopped performing in 2000 and it was time to consign the piece.

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.

Her fourth born child, Brian, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism, but she refused to consign him to an institution.

Ford may have been seeking a place in heaven, the Journal warned, but this action would more likely consign him to hell.

And why would she consign herself to lame-duck status, even if two years from now that might be her intention?

A gentleman does not call his opponents vipers and consign them to hell, but Jahveh is not under any such obligations.

You will not consign him to the spot to which the attorney-general invites you to surrender him.

This is the fate to which emancipation would consign the Negro.

In this way does a lazy world consign discussion to silence with the cynical closure.

The sudden change from the lowest depths of woe to a state of ecstacy, would consign him to the tenement you have just quitted.


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