[ kuhn-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.
- 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.
verb (used without object)
to agree or assent.
Obsolete. to yield or submit.
Origin of consign
con·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
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British Dictionary definitions for consignation
/ (kənˈsaɪn) /
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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