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verb American English pronunciation: consign /kənˈsaɪn/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconsigning
past tenseconsigned
past participleconsigned

phrasal verb

consign to

[transitive] formal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyconsign to
he/she/itconsigns to
present participleconsigning to
past tenseconsigned to
past participleconsigned to
  1. 1
    consign someone/something to something to put someone or something somewhere, especially because you do not want to deal with them

    He consigned his work suits to the back of the closet.

  2. 2
    consign someone/something to something to put someone in an unpleasant situation that usually lasts a long time

    a dictator whose policies consigned his people to starvation

  3. 3
    consign someone/something to someone to give someone or something to someone else to take care of

    We consign our children to the care of the teacher for the day.

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