A Word A Day : Consign

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( Verb )

(past and past participle - consigned : present participle - consigning : 3rd person present singular - consigns)

Pronunciation : kan-sien

1. to hand somebody or something over to the care of another

2. to dispose of somebody or something, usually for a long time, if not permanently

3. to address, deliver, or hand over for later delivery something for sale, safekeeping, or disposal


15th century - Via French - Latin consignare - certify with a seal - signum - mark


entrust, commit, hand over, give, relegate, pack off, dispatch, condemn, get rid of, dispose of, deliver, transfer, send, send off, dispatch, remit, hand over, ship


withdraw, cancel

Contextual Example:

• The children were consigned to the care of the nanny.

• Their desponding imaginations had already consigned him to a watery grave.

Related Words :

1. consignee: Noun

2. consigner: Noun

3. consignor: Noun

4. consignable: Adjective

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