- 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 of consignClassical Latin consignare, to seal, register ; from com-, together + signare, to sign, mark ; from signum, sign
verbcon·signed, con·sign·ing, con·signs
- To give over to the care or custody of another.
- a. To put in or assign to an unfavorable place, position, or condition: “Their desponding imaginations had long since consigned him to a watery grave” (William Hickling Prescott).b. To set apart, as for a special use or purpose; assign: “South American savannas [that are] now consigned to grazing” (Eric Scigliano).
- To deliver (merchandise, for example) for custody or sale.
verb, intransitive Obsolete
Origin of consignMiddle 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·sig′nor, con·sign′er
(third-person singular simple present consigns, present participle consigning, simple past and past participle consigned)
- (business) To transfer to the custody of, usually for sale, transport, or safekeeping.
- To entrust to the care of another.
- To send to a final destination.
- to consign the body to the grave
- To assign; to devote; to set apart.
- To stamp or impress; to affect.
See usage note for commit.
From Middle French consigner