- 1consign somebody/something to something to put someone or something somewhere in order to get rid of them/it I consigned her letter to the waste basket. What I didn't want was to see my mother consigned to an old people's home.
- 2 consign somebody/something to something to put someone or something in an unpleasant situation The decision to close the factory has consigned 6,000 people to the scrap heap. A car accident consigned him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
- 3consign something to somebody to give or send something to someone
- 4consign something to somebody to sell old clothes, furniture, etc., through a consignment shop
NAmE//kənˈsaɪn//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consign
he / she / it consigns
past simple consigned
-ing form consigning