- 1consign somebody/something to something to put somebody/something somewhere in order to get rid of them/it I consigned her letter to the wastebasket. What I didn't want was to see my mother consigned to an old people's home.
- 2consign somebody/something to something to put somebody/something in an unpleasant situation The decision to close the factory has consigned 6 000 people to the scrapheap. A car accident consigned him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
- 3consign something to somebody to give or send something to somebody Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘mark with the sign of the cross’, especially at baptism or confirmation, as a sign of dedication to God): from French consigner or Latin consignare
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪn//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consign
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪn//he / she / it consigns
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪnz//past simple consigned
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪnd//past participle consigned
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪnd//-ing form consigning
BrE BrE//kənˈsaɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsaɪnɪŋ//