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From Middle French consigner



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[1]:
      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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