Definition of consign in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsʌɪn/


[with object]
1Deliver (something) to a person’s keeping: he consigned three paintings to Sotheby’s
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  • 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, entrust, grant, remit, hand down, bequeath
archaic commend
1.1Send (goods) by a public carrier: the package was consigned by a famous sporting goods company
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  • 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, send off, dispatch, transmit, transfer, convey, post, mail, ship
1.2 (consign someone/thing to) Put someone or something in (a place) in order to be rid of it or them: she consigned the letter to the waste-paper basket
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  • Not only were they consigning their offspring to a lifetime of obesity, it was claimed, but they were also causing congestion in residential areas.
  • Here was a man who had dedicated his life to this community, thus consigning his political career to the margins of the then Labour party.
  • Accurate filling of application forms for grant aid is essential as an incomplete form is usually consigned to the dustbin.
send, deliver, hand over, give over, turn over, sentence;
confine in, imprison in, incarcerate in, lock up in, jail in, detain in, intern in, immure in
informal put away, put behind bars
British informal bang up
deposit, commit, put away, banish, relegate



Pronunciation: /kɒnsʌɪˈniː/
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: /kənˈsʌɪnə/
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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