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Consign Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    consign v
  1. commit forever; commit irrevocably
  2. give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage" [syn: charge]
  3. send to an address
Consign Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Consign \Con*sign"\, v. i.
  1. To submit; to surrender or yield one's self. [Obs.] All lovers young, all lovers must Consign to thee, and come to dust. --Shak.
  2. To yield consent; to agree; to acquiesce. [Obs.] Augment or alter . . . And we'll consign thereto. --Shak.
Consign Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Consign \Con*sign"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consigned 3; p. pr. & vb. n. Consigning.] [F. consigner, L. consignare, -signatu,, to seal or sign; con- + signare, fr. signum mark. See Sign.]
  1. To give, transfer, or deliver, in a formal manner, as if by signing over into the possession of another, or into a different state, with the sense of fixedness in that state, or permanence of possession; as, to consign the body to the grave. At the day of general account, good men are to be consigned over to another state. --Atterbury.
  2. To give in charge; to commit; to intrust. Atrides, parting for the Trojan war, Consigned the youthful consort to his care. --Pope. The four evangelists consigned to writing that history. --Addison.
  3. (Com.) To send or address (by bill of lading or otherwise) to an agent or correspondent in another place, to be cared for or sold, or for the use of such correspondent; as, to consign a cargo or a ship; to consign goods.
  4. To assign; to devote; to set apart. The French commander consigned it to the use for which it was intended by the donor. --Dryden.
  5. To stamp or impress; to affect. [Obs.] Consign my spirit with great fear. --Jer. Taylor. Syn: To commit; deliver; intrust; resign. See Commit.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Consign'


Consignment is the act of consigning, which is placing a person or thing in the hand of another, but retaining ownership until the goods are sold or person is transferred. This may be done for shipping, transfer of prisoners, or for sale in a store (i.e. a consignment shop).

Features of consignment are:

The word consignment comes from Fr. consigner "to hand over or transmit", originally from Lat. consignare "to affix a seal," as was done with official documents just before being sent.

"Consignment shop" is an American English term for second-hand stores that offer used goods at a lower cost than new. Many offer new items as well. In the context of sale, it is usually understood that the consignee (the seller) pays the consignor (the person who owns the item) a portion of the proceeds from the sale. Payment is not made until and unless the item actually sells. The consignor retains title to the item at all times, and can end the arrangement at any time by requesting return of the item. A specified period of time is commonly arranged, after which time if the item does not sell the owner can reclaim the item (or, if not reclaimed within a period of time, the seller can dispose of the item at his discretion).

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