consign

[kuhn-sahyn]
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for consignation

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 consignation

consign

v.

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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