The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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
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.