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Definition of "consign" [con•sign]

  • To give over to the care of another; entrust. (verb-transitive)
  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • To deliver (merchandise, for example) for custody or sale. (verb-transitive)
  • To set apart, as for a special use or purpose; assign. See Synonyms at commit. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To submit; consent. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consign" in a sentence
  • "Black's 8th's definitions of "consign," "consignment," and "consignation" suggest that my previous speculation may be roughly correct ...."
  • "Or perhaps those who would benefit most from Imran Khan's wise suggestions are the timid little satrap/'allies' of NATO who would sooner waste their wealth, consign their sons to foreign graves and provoke generations of revenge attacks than tell a ranting yankee general at the NATO meetings to depart and leave the rest of us and themalone."
  • "Because we cannot consign our nation to an open-ended recession."