What does consign mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consignverb

    commit forever; commit irrevocably

  2. consign, chargeverb

    give over to another for care or safekeeping

    "consign your baggage"

  3. consignverb

    send to an address


  1. consignverb

    To transfer to the custody of, usually for sale, transport, or safekeeping.

  2. consignverb

    To entrust to the care of another.

  3. consignverb

    To send to a final destination.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONSIGNverb

    Etymology: consigno, Latin.

    Men, by free gift, consign over a place to the Divine Worship. South.

    Must I pass
    Again to nothing, when this vital breath
    Ceasing, consigns me o’er to rest and death? Matthew Prior.

    At the day of general account, good men are then to be consigned over to another state, a state of everlasting love and charity. Francis Atterbury.

    The French commander consigned it to the use for which it was intended by the donor. John Dryden, Fables, Dedication.

    The four evangelists consigned to writing that history. Addis.

    Atrides, parting for the Trojan war,
    Consign’d the youthful consort to his care. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  2. To Consignverb

    Thou hast finish’d joy and moan;
    All lovers young, all lovers must
    Consign to thee, and come to dust. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    A maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty: it were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid to consign to. Sh.


  1. consign

    Consignment is a process whereby a person gives permission to another party to take care of his property and retains full ownership of the property until the item is sold to the final buyer. It is generally done during auctions, shipping, goods transfer, or putting something up for sale in a consignment store. The owner of the goods pays the third-party a portion of the sale for facilitating the sale. Consignors maintain the rights to their property until the item is sold or abandoned. Many consignment shops and online consignment platforms have a set day limit before an item expires for sale. Within the time of contract, reductions of the price are common to promote the sale of the item, but vary on the type of item sold (usually depends on the price point, or if it is considered luxury.)(usually 60–90 days). Consignment stock is stock legally owned by one party, but held by another, meaning that the risk and rewards regarding to the said stock remains with the first party while the second party is responsible for distribution or retail operations.The verb "consign" means "to send" and therefore the noun "consignment" means "sending goods to another person". In the case of "retail consignment" or "sales consignment" (often just referred to as a "consignment"), goods are sent to the agent for the purpose of sale. The ownership of these goods remains with the sender. The agent sells the goods on behalf of the sender according to instructions. The sender of goods is known as the "consignor" and the agent entrusted with the custody and care of the goods is known as the "consignee".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consignverb

    to give, transfer, or deliver, in a formal manner, as if by signing over into the possession of another, or into a different state, with the sense of fixedness in that state, or permanence of possession; as, to consign the body to the grave

  2. Consignverb

    to give in charge; to commit; to intrust

  3. Consignverb

    to send or address (by bill of lading or otherwise) to an agent or correspondent in another place, to be cared for or sold, or for the use of such correspondent; as, to consign a cargo or a ship; to consign goods

  4. Consignverb

    to assign; to devote; to set apart

  5. Consignverb

    to stamp or impress; to affect

  6. Consignverb

    to submit; to surrender or yield one's self

  7. Consignverb

    to yield consent; to agree; to acquiesce

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consign

    kon-sīn′, v.t. to give to another: to sign or seal: to transfer: to entrust: to commit: to transmit for sale or custody.—adj. Consign′able.—ns. Consignā′tion; Consig′natory, one who signs a document jointly.—adj. Consigned′, given in trust.—ns. Consig′nature, complete signature: joint signing; Consignee′, one to whom anything is consigned or entrusted; Consign′er, Consign′or; Consign′ment, the act of consigning: the thing consigned: the writing by which anything is made over: in Mercantile Law, goods placed in the hands of an agent or factor for sale, or for some other specified purpose. [Fr.,—L. consignāre, to attest.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consign in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of consign in a Sentence

  1. Brigid Brophy:

    I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.

  2. Michael Hammond:

    GOA will continue to fight the issue in the court system, as the case now returns to the lower courts. We remain convinced that the courts will consign this unlawful, unconstitutional ban to the trash bin of history, where it belongs.

  3. Ilya Somin:

    Whatever objection you have to this, whether it's a left-wing objection or right-wing objection or something else, you have to ask: not only is there some sort of a problem, but is it a great enough problem that we should be willing to consign thousands of people to death every year, and many more thousands to kidney dialysis?

  4. Alok Sharma:

    This has effectively ended public finance for overseas coal projects, to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, all countries need to raise their ambition and act urgently to consign coal to history.

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  • поверявам, предавам, изпращам, предназначавамBulgarian
  • consignarSpanish

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    personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
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