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.
  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.

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for reconsign


verb (mainly tr)
  1. to hand over or give into the care or charge of another; entrust
  2. to commit irrevocablyhe consigned the papers to the flames
  3. to commit for admittanceto consign someone to jail
  4. to address or deliver (goods) for sale, disposal, etcit was consigned to his London address
  5. (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 reconsign



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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