[ kuhn-sahyn ]
See synonyms for: consignconsignedconsignable on

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

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

  1. to set apart for or devote to (a special purpose or use): to consign two afternoons a week to the club.

  2. to banish or set apart in one's mind; relegate: to consign unpleasant thoughts to oblivion.

  3. Commerce.

    • to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.

    • to address for such shipment.

  4. 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.

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

Other words for consign

Other words from consign

  • con·sign·a·ble, adjective
  • con·sig·na·tion [kon-sig-ney-shuhn], /ˌkɒn sɪgˈneɪ ʃən/, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use consign in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consign


/ (kənˈsaɪn) /

verb(mainly tr)
  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

  1. to commit for admittance: to consign someone to jail

  2. to address or deliver (goods) for sale, disposal, etc: it was consigned to his London address

  3. (intr) obsolete to assent; agree

Origin of consign

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

Derived forms of consign

  • consignable, adjective
  • consignation, noun

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