from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transfer to the custody of, usually for sale, transport, or safekeeping.
  • v. To entrust to the care of another.
  • v. To send to a final destination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To submit; to surrender or yield one's self.
  • intransitive v. To yield consent; to agree; to acquiesce.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To give in charge; to commit; to intrust.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To assign; to devote; to set apart.
  • transitive v. To stamp or impress; to affect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 1. To impress, as or as if with a stamp or seal.
  • To give, send, or commit; relegate; make over; deliver into the possession of another or into a different state, implying subsequent fixedness or permanence: sometimes with over: as, at death the body is consigned to the grave.
  • To deliver or transfer, as a charge or trust; intrust; appoint.
  • In com., to transmit by carrier, in trust for sale or custody, usually implying agency in the consignee, but also used loosely of the act of transmitting by carrier to another for any purpose: as the goods were consigned to the London agent.
  • To put into a certain form or commit for permanent preservation.
  • To set apart; appropriate; apply.
  • = Svn. Intrust, Confide, etc. See commit.
  • To submit; surrender one's self; yield.
  • To agree, assent, or consent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. commit forever; commit irrevocably
  • v. give over to another for care or safekeeping
  • v. send to an address


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English consignen, to certify by seal, from Old French consigner, from Latin cōnsignāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + signāre, to mark (from signum, mark; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).



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