To consign is defined as to hand over to someone else or to put in an undesirable place.verb
- An example of to consign is to give legal rights of a child to someone else.
- An example of to consign is to send someone to prison.
- to hand over; give up or deliver: consigned to jail
- to put in the care of another; entrust: consign the orphan to her uncle's care
- to assign to an undesirable position or place; relegate: consigned to oblivion
- to send or deliver, as goods to be sold
Origin: L consignare, to seal, register < com-, together + signare, to sign, mark < signum, sign
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verb con·signed, con·sign·ing, con·signs verb, transitive
- To give over to the care of another; entrust.
- To turn over permanently to another's charge or to a lasting condition; commit irrevocably: “Their desponding imaginations had already consigned him to a watery grave” (William Hickling Prescott).
- To deliver (merchandise, for example) for custody or sale.
- To set apart, as for a special use or purpose; assign. See Synonyms at commit.
Origin: Middle English consignen, to certify by seal, from Old French consigner, from Latin cōnsignāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + signāre, to mark (from signum, mark; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).
- con·signˈa·ble adjective
- conˌsig·naˈtion noun
- con·sigˈnor, con·signˈer noun