v. con·signed, con·sign·ing, con·signs
1. To give over to the care or custody of another.
a. To put in or assign to an unfavorable place, position, or condition: "Their desponding imaginations had long since consigned him to a watery grave" (William Hickling Prescott).
b. To set apart, as for a special use or purpose; assign: "South American savannas [that are] now consigned to grazing" (Eric Scigliano).
3. To deliver (merchandise, for example) for custody or sale.
To submit; consent.
[Middle English consignen, to certify by seal, from Old French consigner, from Latin cōnsignāre : com-, intensive pref.; see COM- + signāre, to mark (from signum, mark; see sekw-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
con′sig·nation (kŏn′sī-nāshən, -sĭg-) n.
con·signor, con·signer n.
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