• WordNet 3.6
    • v consign give over to another for care or safekeeping "consign your baggage"
    • v consign commit forever; commit irrevocably
    • v consign send to an address
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Consign To assign; to devote; to set apart. "The French commander consigned it to the use for which it was intended by the donor."
    • Consign To give in charge; to commit; to intrust. "Atrides, parting for the Trojan war, Consigned the youthful consort to his care.""The four evangelists consigned to writing that history."
    • Consign 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. "At the day of general account, good men are to be consigned over to another state."
    • Consign (Com) 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.
    • Consign To stamp or impress; to affect. "Consign my spirit with great fear."
    • Consign To submit; to surrender or yield one's self. "All lovers young, all lovers must Consign to thee, and come to dust."
    • Consign To yield consent; to agree; to acquiesce. "Augment or alter . . . And we'll consign thereto."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • consign To impress, as or as if with a stamp or seal.
    • consign 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.
    • consign To deliver or transfer, as a charge or trust; intrust; appoint.
    • consign 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.
    • consign To put into a certain form or commit for permanent preservation.
    • consign To set apart; appropriate; apply.
    • consign = Svn. Intrust, Confide, etc. See commit.
    • consign To submit; surrender one's self; yield.
    • consign To agree, assent, or consent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Consign kon-sīn′ to give to another: to sign or seal: to transfer: to entrust: to commit: to transmit for sale or custody
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket, and the older he grows, the more things will he promptly consign to it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. consigner, L. consignare, -signatu, to seal or sign; con-, + signare, fr. signum, mark. See Sign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. consignāre, to attest.


In literature:

The hero threw the dole on the bedroom floor, and in a speech bristling with personalities, consigned the committee to perdition.
"Odd Craft, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
Knowing that part of the cargo was consigned to merchants in Barbadoes, they directed their course to that place.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
There was occasionally a dead body to be consigned to a watery grave.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
Soups offer a most economical way of making use of the "left-over" fragments which might otherwise be consigned to the refuse bucket.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
She was not, however, to escape the cloister after all, for to a Paris nunnery she was consigned when her Cardinal uncle had set eyes on her.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
Victory itself makes arms useless, and consigns them to dark closets.
"Heart of Man" by George Edward Woodberry
And with tears in her eyes, she carried the infant to the river Aswa, and consigned the basket to its waters.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Nay, what manhood would there have been in consigning you to such a fate as awaited penniless wife of mine?
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Venice was solemnly consigned to his protection.
"The Merchant of Venice [liberally edited by Charles Kean]" by William Shakespeare
In 1842, I determined to make the venture of sending a consignment of brass clocks to Old England.
"History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome" by Chauncey Jerome

In poetry:

"Now, fathful, ye to every one
His heritage consign;
My faults unto Oblivion;
My virtues unto Time;
"The Legacy" by Ernest Jones
I was told
She had been consigned to prison:
Yes, 't is she: on, on they go
Through the forest.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Pluto's Consort bid thee rest!
Oeacus pronounce thee blest!
To her home thy shade consign,
Make Elysium ever thine!
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
And on its frail though radiant prow,
"Consigned to the unknown art thou,"
Was stamped by Him, Who then, as now,
Directs the end.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
They flit about, the yellow birds,
And rest upon the jujubes find.
Who buried were in duke Muh's grave,
Alive to awful death consigned?
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius
They flit about, the yellow birds,
And rest upon the thorn-trees find.
Who buried were in duke Muh's grave,
Alive to awful death consigned?
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius

In news:

Shop on a budget at women's consignment shop in Olde Town.
Teri Hartbarger, co-owner of Sadie's Sister, displays a formal gown and a pair of jeans, part of the inventory for sale at her newly opened women's consignment shop.
Consignment sale focuses on gowns.
The Community Exchange Foundation of Glens Falls' 2012 Spring/Summer Kids' Exchange Consignment Sale is from 9 am to 3 pm this Saturday.
Sunnyvale police are investigating accusations that the owners of a high-end consignment car dealership scammed about 20 sellers out of their cars and money before closing up shop earlier this month.
About a quarter of the shop will be devoted to affordable art on consignment from area artisans.
CORNELIUS – Ben and Viive Ralston have opened Smart Deco Home Furnishing and Consignment in Kenton Place shopping center, 17015 Kenton Drive.
Upscale consignment boutique launches baby division .
Luxury car owners looking for Sunnyvale consignment dealer after.
Mulvaney wanted to get far away from the consignment shop experience that sometimes feels cramped and musty.
Thomasville, GA- Rex Smith has owned Rex Tools, Guns & Consignment in Thomasville for nearly 5 years.
More than 225 people flocked to the Aurora Historical Society Museum recently to discover the history behind their treasures and to obtain a monetary appraisal at the Antiques Appraisal Fair , Consignment Shop and Café.
Feather Your Nest is College Park's new home & garden consignment boutique.
It's been one year since La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique began fashionista makeovers for North County San Diego residents by providing "love-me" merchandise at "buy-me" prices.
Consignment stores handle details for the seller - and buyers rest assured the piece is of good quality.

In science:

Falsifiability consigns all imperfect theories to the same garbage bin; compression can be used to rescue the valuable theories from the bin, dust them off, and establish them as legitimate science.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The stars in the past seven paragraphs are hereby consigned to the “John’s Other Wife” class24 , where already live the Be stars; both disk and polar stuff contribute to the emission for Alpha Eri say Kervella and Dominciano de Souza (2006), who are good friends of the star and call it Achernar.
Astrophysics in 2006
Now we had purchased a requisite consignment of these circuits and are installing in VD.
Multiparticle Production at High Multiplicities