[ 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.
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Origin of consign
OTHER WORDS FROM 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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Example sentences from the Web for consign
They dared not trust themselves within the power of our troops, lest they should be reconsigned to slavery.The Exiles of Florida|Joshua R. Giddings
In sixteen hours more, one toad was taken from a box and found to be lively, and was reconsigned to its prison.
British Dictionary definitions for consign
/ (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 forms of consignconsignable, 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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