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Webster 1913 Edition


Consign

Con-sign′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Consigned
3;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Consigning
.]
[F.
consigner
, L.
consignare
,
-signatu
,, to seal or sign;
con-
+
signare
, fr.
signum
mark. See
Sign
.]
1.
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.
Atterbury.
2.
To give in charge; to commit; to intrust.
Atrides, parting for the Trojan war,
Consigned
the youthful consort to his care.
Pope.
The four evangelists
consigned
to writing that history.
Addison.
3.
(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
.
4.
To assign; to devote; to set apart.
The French commander
consigned
it to the use for which it was intended by the donor.
Dryden.
5.
To stamp or impress; to affect.
[Obs.]
Syn. – To commit; deliver; intrust; resign. See
Commit
.

Con-sign′

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To submit; to surrender or yield one’s self.
[Obs.]
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign
to thee, and come to dust.
Shakespeare
2.
To yield consent; to agree; to acquiesce.
[Obs.]
Augment or alter . . .
And we'll
consign
thereto.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Consign

CONSIGN

,
Verb.
T.
[L., to seal or sign; to seal or stamp; a sign, seal or mark; to deposit, deliver, consign. See Sign. The sense is to set to, to thrust or sent.]
1.
To give, send or set over; to transfer or deliver into the possession of another, or into a different state, with the sense of fixedness in that state, or permanence of possession.
At the day of general account, good men are to be consigned over to another state.
At death the body is consigned to the grave.
2.
To deliver or transfer, as a charge or trust; to commit; as, to consign a youth to the care of a preceptor; to consign goods to a factor.
3.
To set over or commit, for permanent preservation; as, to consign a history to writing.
4.
To appropriate.

CONSIGN

,
Verb.
I.
To submit to the same terms with another; also, to sign; to agree or consent.

Definition 2022


consign

consign

English

Verb

consign (third-person singular simple present consigns, present participle consigning, simple past and past participle consigned)

  1. (transitive, business) To transfer to the custody of, usually for sale, transport, or safekeeping.
  2. (transitive) To entrust to the care of another.
    • Alexander Pope
      Atrides, parting for the Trojan war, / Consigned the youthful consort to his care.
  3. (transitive) To send to a final destination.
    to consign the body to the grave
    • Atterbury
      At the day of general account, good men are to be consigned over to another state.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian:
      If there's such a thing as pariah food – a recipe shunned by mainstream menus, mocked to near extinction and consigned to niche hinterlands for evermore – then the nut roast, a dish whose very name has become a watchword for sawdusty disappointment, is surely a strong contender.
  4. To assign; to devote; to set apart.
    • Dryden
      The French commander consigned it to the use for which it was intended by the donor.
  5. To stamp or impress; to affect.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Consign my spirit with great fear.

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