Definition of consign in English:



  • 1 Deliver (something) to a person's keeping.

    ‘he consigned three paintings to Sotheby's’
    • ‘He has consigned her to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale but said he would not decide her fate until after the Distaff.’
    • ‘Knob Hill will not conduct a complete dispersal sale, but some horses may be consigned to future public auctions.’
    • ‘The listing of their names in London auction catalogues suggests that they had signed their paintings or that they had personally consigned them to be sold at auction.’
    • ‘So to the extent that we give up powers to EU institutions, we are giving up democracy itself, and consigning our governance to people we did not elect and cannot remove.’
    • ‘People can consign gear they're not using anymore from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.’
    • ‘Many listed companies have consigned large amounts of funds in security companies as investment in the stock market.’
    • ‘Cargoes of goods or bullion had to be consigned to Asia with no expectation of any return for at least two years.’
    • ‘Another consigns rugs, getting paid when they're sold.’
    • ‘It must then be passed by customs before the aid agencies for which it is consigned can take it away in the waiting lorries.’
    • ‘I know - I saw what a free market without independent courts and democratic accountability did to Russia in the 1990s, consigning millions to extreme poverty and making a few unbelievably rich.’
    • ‘They consigned him to the two-year-olds in training sale but he once again returned unsold on a final bid of $145,000.’
    • ‘They next consigned him to the July sale where he fetched $230,000.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to consign works to the sale should contact him for a valuation.’
    • ‘She will stay there through the breeding season and return to the U.S. where they will consign her to the 2004 breeding stock sale.’
    assign, allocate, place, put, entrust, grant, remit, hand down, bequeath
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    1. 1.1Send (goods) by a public carrier.
      ‘the package was consigned by a famous sporting goods company’
      • ‘There are occasions where it is acceptable to consign the shipment directly to the importer, but it would be wise for the shipper to have a long-standing relationship with his/her customer, along with a good payment history, before agreeing to these terms.’
      • ‘The Customer, or an agent of the Customer, shall consign the shipment directly to the actual transporting freight carrier.’
      • ‘The cargo was consigned to yet another firm, registered in the British Virgin Islands.’
      • ‘Both he and the owner of the truck claimed they didn't know who consigned the dolphin meat for delivery.’
      • ‘The Driver hauled the shipments in a pup trailer to St. Ignace, Mich., where he consigned the shipment to the ferry operator, which was required to follow all the company procedures.’
      send, send off, dispatch, transmit, transfer, convey, post, mail, ship
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    2. 1.2Put someone or something in (a place) in order to be rid of it or them.
      ‘she consigned the letter to the waste-paper basket’
      • ‘Bring on the day when undressed iceberg lettuce with cucumber and grated carrot are consigned to the dustbin.’
      • ‘The traditional smoky Irish pub was officially consigned to the past today as a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace came into force.’
      • ‘Accurate filling of application forms for grant aid is essential as an incomplete form is usually consigned to the dustbin.’
      • ‘In a region where history is never consigned to the dustbin, ancient hostilities are dusted down almost daily.’
      • ‘All those concerns are now consigned to history.’
      • ‘Those events are now consigned to history and we look forward to an exciting year.’
      • ‘Long after everyone has consigned their tinsel and baubles to the loft for another year, it seems Rochdale Council is still in the Yuletide mood.’
      • ‘By turning its back on Bradford City the council is consigning part of the soul of a once-proud city to the dustbin of history.’
      • ‘And what if the student loses the knack of writing essays or consigns current knowledge of their subject to a dusty chamber in the back of their mind, never to be fully recovered?’
      • ‘If ever he invited me on to his programme, in which he consigns people's pet hates to the dustbin of history, I'd have no trouble with my nominations.’
      • ‘Electrical equipment worth thousands of pounds was consigned to the scrapheap, along with our easy way of life.’
      • ‘There was no escaping either the ironies or the career implications of the situation and both the record and the band were speedily consigned to oblivion.’
      • ‘And anyway, weren't thongs and G-strings supposed to be the breakthrough in consigning the dreaded panty line to history?’
      • ‘There is no doubt innovative solutions are required to prevent such projects being consigned to the scrapheap because of funding issues.’
      • ‘Against the backdrop of these feeble intellectual currents lurks the traditionalist discourse that altogether consigns modern science to oblivion and attempts to prop up a fatal mix of mystical and alchemical knowledge.’
      • ‘Not only were they consigning their offspring to a lifetime of obesity, it was claimed, but they were also causing congestion in residential areas.’
      • ‘One by one, they will shut until coal mines are finally consigned to history.’
      • ‘He wants to sort out a system for organising incapacity benefit, which he believes consigns hundreds of thousands of people to a lifetime trapped in a culture of welfare dependency.’
      • ‘Here was a man who had dedicated his life to this community, thus consigning his political career to the margins of the then Labour party.’
      • ‘Critics last night warned that consigning the sprawling army camp to history would not defuse the furious row over the ill-treatment meted out to teenagers entrusted to the care of commanders at the site.’
      deposit, commit, put away, banish, relegate
      send, deliver, hand over, give over, turn over, sentence
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘mark with the sign of the cross’, especially at baptism or confirmation, as a sign of dedication to God): from French consigner or Latin consignare mark with a seal.