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Topic: TRADE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: consigner, from Latin consignare, from com- ( COM-) + signum 'mark, seal'

consign

verb
     
con‧sign
BBT [transitive] formal to send something somewhere, especially in order to sell it

consign somebody/something to something

phrasal verb
1 to make someone or something be in a particular situation, especially a bad one:
It was a decision which consigned him to political obscurity.
consign somebody/something to the dustbin/scrapheap/rubbish heap etc British English
Many older people feel they have been consigned to the medical scrapheap.
2 to put something somewhere, especially in order to get rid of it:
The shoes looked so tatty that I consigned them to the back of the cupboard.
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