Definition of consign in English:



  • 1 Deliver (something) to a person's custody, typically in order for it to be sold.

    ‘he consigned three paintings to Sotheby's’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cargoes of goods or bullion had to be consigned to Asia with no expectation of any return for at least two years.’
    • ‘They next consigned him to the July sale where he fetched $230,000.’
    • ‘They consigned him to the two-year-olds in training sale but he once again returned unsold on a final bid of $145,000.’
    • ‘It must then be passed by customs before the aid agencies for which it is consigned can take it away in the waiting lorries.’
    • ‘Knob Hill will not conduct a complete dispersal sale, but some horses may be consigned to future public auctions.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to consign works to the sale should contact him for a valuation.’
    • ‘Another consigns rugs, getting paid when they're sold.’
    • ‘Many listed companies have consigned large amounts of funds in security companies as investment in the stock market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    assign, allocate, place, put, entrust, grant, remit, hand down, bequeath
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    1. 1.1Send (goods) by a public 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.’
      • ‘Both he and the owner of the truck claimed they didn't know who consigned the dolphin meat for delivery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      send, send off, dispatch, transmit, transfer, convey, post, mail, ship
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    2. 1.2Assign; commit decisively or permanently.
      ‘she consigned the letter to the wastebasket’
      • ‘Our laughably low minimum wage consigns thousands of hard-working Ontarians to unnecessary poverty.’
      • ‘Amid a blaze of publicity, he was immediately consigned to solitary confinement in a maximum security prison cell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I consigned them to the trash without taking off the lids.’
      • ‘His family, who claimed that he was ‘too much trouble to deal with’, consigned Henry to a nursing home in December 1986.’
      • ‘Their deeds have consigned hundreds of thousands of Americans to the ranks of the unemployed.’
      • ‘Or perhaps we can follow the lead of English soccer leagues, which regularly consign teams with losing records to second tier divisions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At best, the advocates of this approach consign themselves to a relevance bound by the walls of the academy.’
      • ‘In contrast, gay rights is an issue that for decades was consigned to the margins of the political debate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Plato notoriously consigned art to the realm of shadows and illusions, and found no place for artists in the ideal society.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why are they - more than him - pursuing policies that will consign many people with HIV to earlier deaths?’
      • ‘The act of consigning Christmas to the nether regions of the storage unit started an organizational blizzard.’
      • ‘Yet this which should have consigned him to early oblivion really procured him immortality of fame and reverence.’
      • ‘Traditional architects must wake up from dreams of ancient techniques that consign them to little things and low horizons.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Otherwise we consign people who are engaged in the essence of democratic debate to the conceptual dustbin of those who are ‘against us.’’
      • ‘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.’
      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.