July 01, 2016
- consign (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to give over to another's care : entrust2 : to give, transfer, or deliver to another3 : to send or address (as goods) to an agent to be cared for or sold
- How do you use it?
- When Jacob had outgrown his favorite jacket, he was forced to admit that the time had come to consign it to the bin for the charity sale.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "consign"?You can consign all but A to the trash heap. "Commit" may express the general idea of delivering into another person's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or special place (as in "a criminal committed to prison"). "Consign" suggests removing from your control in a final or formal manner ("consigned the notes to the fire") and "relegate," another synonym, implies consigning to a particular place with the intention of getting rid of ("was relegated to a lowly position in the company").