Definition of consign in English:



[with object]
  • 1Deliver (something) to a person's keeping.

    ‘he consigned three paintings to Sotheby's’
    • ‘Another consigns rugs, getting paid when they're sold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Knob Hill will not conduct a complete dispersal sale, but some horses may be consigned to future public auctions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cargoes of goods or bullion had to be consigned to Asia with no expectation of any return for at least two years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has consigned her to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale but said he would not decide her fate until after the Distaff.’
    • ‘They consigned him to the two-year-olds in training sale but he once again returned unsold on a final bid of $145,000.’
    • ‘Many listed companies have consigned large amounts of funds in security companies as investment in the stock market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Send (goods) by a public carrier.
      ‘the package was consigned by a famous sporting goods company’
      • ‘Both he and the owner of the truck claimed they didn't know who consigned the dolphin meat for delivery.’
      • ‘The cargo was consigned to yet another firm, registered in the British Virgin Islands.’
      • ‘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 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. 1.2consign someone/something to Put someone or something in (a place) in order to be rid of it or them.
      ‘she consigned the letter to the waste-paper basket’
      • ‘Not only were they consigning their offspring to a lifetime of obesity, it was claimed, but they were also causing congestion in residential areas.’
      • ‘Yet even as trends pull delivery toward a more natural sphere, women consign enormous aspects of the childbearing process to technology, especially when there is trouble conceiving.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘We are consigning hundreds of thousands of kids growing up in the inner cities to lives of failure because we are not teaching them to read.’
      • ‘Their deeds have consigned hundreds of thousands of Americans to the ranks of the unemployed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our laughably low minimum wage consigns thousands of hard-working Ontarians to unnecessary poverty.’
      • ‘They would feel, perhaps, what gay couples now feel, which is that society is diminishing the importance of their relationships by consigning them to a category that seems inferior to the desired social standard.’
      • ‘Those events are now consigned to history and we look forward to an exciting year.’
      • ‘There is no doubt innovative solutions are required to prevent such projects being consigned to the scrapheap because of funding issues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Electrical equipment worth thousands of pounds was consigned to the scrapheap, along with our easy way of life.’
      • ‘Otherwise we consign people who are engaged in the essence of democratic debate to the conceptual dustbin of those who are ‘against us.’’
      • ‘Amid a blaze of publicity, he was immediately consigned to solitary confinement in a maximum security prison cell.’
      • ‘His family, who claimed that he was ‘too much trouble to deal with’, consigned Henry to a nursing home in December 1986.’
      • ‘Traditional architects must wake up from dreams of ancient techniques that consign them to little things and low horizons.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One by one, they will shut until coal mines are finally consigned to history.’
      • ‘A long tradition in Victorian gender ideology designated middle-class women as guardians of society only by consigning them to the selfless realms of moral education and childbearing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why are they - more than him - pursuing policies that will consign many people with HIV to earlier deaths?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Or perhaps we can follow the lead of English soccer leagues, which regularly consign teams with losing records to second tier divisions.’
      • ‘Yet this which should have consigned him to early oblivion really procured him immortality of fame and reverence.’
      • ‘In a region where history is never consigned to the dustbin, ancient hostilities are dusted down almost daily.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Plato notoriously consigned art to the realm of shadows and illusions, and found no place for artists in the ideal society.’
      • ‘I consigned them to the trash without taking off the lids.’
      • ‘Instead of enabling them to cope with the situation in which they had been placed, the anguish itself became an additional disability because it consigned them to a life of permanent frustration.’
      • ‘The act of consigning Christmas to the nether regions of the storage unit started an organizational blizzard.’
      • ‘In contrast, gay rights is an issue that for decades was consigned to the margins of the political debate.’
      • ‘Bring on the day when undressed iceberg lettuce with cucumber and grated carrot are consigned to the dustbin.’
      • ‘Accurate filling of application forms for grant aid is essential as an incomplete form is usually consigned to the dustbin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The traditional smoky Irish pub was officially consigned to the past today as a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace came into force.’
      • ‘At best, the advocates of this approach consign themselves to a relevance bound by the walls of the academy.’
      • ‘All those concerns are now consigned to history.’
      • ‘And anyway, weren't thongs and G-strings supposed to be the breakthrough in consigning the dreaded panty line to history?’
      • ‘Lay men and women should not think that the secular character of their vocation consigns them to an inferior rank in the Church's mission.’
      send, deliver, hand over, give over, turn over, sentence
      deposit, commit, put away, banish, relegate
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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’.