• Consign


    • Rhymes: -aɪn


    From Middle French consigner

    Full definition of consign


    1. (transitive, business) To transfer to the custody of, usually for sale, transport, or safekeeping.
    2. (transitive) To entrust to the care of another.
      • Alexander PopeAtrides, parting for the Trojan war,
        Consigned the youthful consort to his care.
    3. (transitive) To send to a final destination.to consign the body to the grave
      • AtterburyAt the day of general account, good men are to be consigned over to another state.
      • 2011, December 15, Felicity Cloake, How to cook the perfect nut roast, If there's such a thing as pariah food – a recipe shunned by mainstream menus, mocked to near extinction and consigned to niche hinterlands for evermore – then the nut roast, a dish whose very name has become a watchword for sawdusty disappointment, is surely a strong contender.
    4. To assign; to devote; to set apart.
      • DrydenThe French commander consigned it to the use for which it was intended by the donor.
    5. To stamp or impress; to affect.
      • Jeremy TaylorConsign my spirit with great fear.

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