Definition of consign in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsīn/


[with object]
1Deliver (something) to a person’s custody, typically in order for it to be sold: he consigned three paintings to Sotheby’s
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • It must then be passed by customs before the aid agencies for which it is consigned can take it away in the waiting lorries.
assign, allocate, place, put, remit, commit
1.1Send (goods) by a public carrier.
Example sentences
  • Both he and the owner of the truck claimed they didn't know who consigned the dolphin meat for delivery.
  • The cargo was consigned to yet another firm, registered in the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Customer, or an agent of the Customer, shall consign the shipment directly to the actual transporting freight carrier.
send (off), courier, dispatch, transmit, convey, mail, post, ship
1.2 (consign someone/something to) Assign; commit decisively or permanently: she consigned the letter to the wastebasket
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  • 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.
  • The act of consigning Christmas to the nether regions of the storage unit started an organizational blizzard.
  • His family, who claimed that he was ‘too much trouble to deal with’, consigned Henry to a nursing home in December 1986.
send to, deliver to, hand over to, turn over to, sentence to;
confine in, imprison in, incarcerate in, lock up in
(consign to prison/jail) informalput away, put behind bars, send up the river
deposit, commit, banish, relegate



Pronunciation: /ˌkänsīˈnē/
Example sentences
  • First, the consignee (if in possession of the document) cannot, by purporting to transfer it in this way, impose on the carrier a legal obligation to deliver the goods to another person.
  • ‘I spoke with the deputy controller of customs, the chief veterinarian at the Ministry of Agriculture and the consignees who imported the feathers and they are all on the same page,’ he said.
  • The consignees can make use of the chance to write their comments about the service and the products and forward them to the consignors immediately through the bond, she adds.


Pronunciation: /kənˈsīnər/
Example sentences
  • ‘It must raise serious questions as to whether the ministry, currently at least, can be regarded credibly as a waste consignor,’ they concluded.
  • Only the consignor and the auction house know the reserve.
  • We talked to a couple of consignors and, with their approval, we're going to move them into a tent area with temporary stalls for the sale.


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'.

Words that rhyme with consign

align, assign, benign, brine, chine, cline, combine, condign, confine, dine, divine, dyne, enshrine, entwine, fine, frontline, hardline, interline, intertwine, kine, Klein, line, Main, malign, mine, moline, nine, on-line, opine, outshine, pine, Rhein, Rhine, shine, shrine, sign, sine, spine, spline, stein, Strine, swine, syne, thine, tine, trine, twine, Tyne, underline, undermine, vine, whine, wine

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Syllabification: con·sign

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