resign

verb (1)
re·​sign | \ ri-ˈzīn How to pronounce resign (audio) \
resigned; resigning; resigns

Definition of resign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : relegate, consign especially : to give (oneself) over without resistance resigned herself to her fate
2 : to give up deliberately especially : to renounce (something, such as a right or position) by a formal act

intransitive verb

1 : to give up one's office or position : quit
2 : to accept something as inevitable : submit

re-sign

verb (2)
\ (ˌ)rē-ˈsīn How to pronounce re-sign (audio) \
re-signed; re-signing; re-signs

Definition of re-sign (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sign again especially : to rehire (someone, such as an athlete) by means of a signed contract

intransitive verb

: to sign up again

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Other Words from resign

Verb (1)

resignedness \ ri-​ˈzī-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce resignedness (audio) \ noun
resigner \ ri-​ˈzī-​nər How to pronounce resigner (audio) \ noun

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Verb (1)

relinquish, yield, resign, surrender, abandon, waive mean to give up completely. relinquish usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness. relinquished her crown yield implies concession or compliance or submission to force. the troops yielded ground grudgingly resign emphasizes voluntary relinquishment or sacrifice without struggle. resigned her position surrender implies a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist. surrendered their claims abandon stresses finality and completeness in giving up. abandoned all hope waive implies conceding or forgoing with little or no compulsion. waived the right to a trial by jury

abdicate, renounce, resign mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it. abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent. abdicated the throne renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end. renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust. resigned from the board

Is it quit or resign?

Should you quit or should you resign from your job? No matter which one you choose, it is likely that both of these actions will have the exact same effect on your future, as they are, in this sense, fairly synonymous. However, each is more likely to be found used in specific settings, so you may wish to choose your word with care. Resign is more formal, and will often be found when a person is describing relinquishing a position or office, especially if it is done in disgrace. While it would not be incorrect to say that a member of an organization's board, a king or queen, or a political leader "quit their position," it is more likely that the word resign would be employed.

Examples of resign in a Sentence

Verb (1)

The senator was forced to resign his position. The newspaper's editor resigned after the scandal. He resigned from his job as principal of the school.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former Mad Editor Allie Goertz, who resigned last month, lamented that there will no longer be new content after issue No. Robert Mclean And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Mad Magazine will effectively cease publication after 67 years," 4 July 2019 Norridge Village Board member Dan Tannhauser was appointed village president Tuesday to complete the term of former president James Chmura, who resigned effective June 30. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Dan Tannhauser named acting Norridge village president," 1 July 2019 A few months ago, the world lost two long-serving autocrats in quick succession: Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned on April 2, and Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, who was deposed on April 11. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 Bronin is seeking re-election and faces a field of candidates including former Mayor Eddie Perez, who resigned the office after he was convicted of corruption charges but was ultimately spared prison. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Rest areas back open, UConn back in the Big East," 28 June 2019 Pickens County Sheriff David Abston, who resigned Friday ending 32 years in office as part of a plea agreement after being indicted on nine counts of wire fraud and filing a false tax return, is headed to Brazil. al.com, "What is indicted Pickens Co. sheriff doing on his mission trip to Brazil?," 27 June 2019 The departure of one of the party’s ideologues, Ahmet Davutoglu, who resigned as prime minister in 2016, was seen as a critical juncture. New York Times, "How a Message of Unity and Mistakes by Erdogan Tipped the Istanbul Election," 26 June 2019 In addition to the role of spokeswoman, Grisham will serve as White House communication director, a job previously held by Bill Shine, who resigned in March after less than a year on the job. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "President Trump hires Stephanie Grisham to replace Sarah Sanders as press secretary," 25 June 2019 The elder Scandirito, 74, was a former judge at 41-B District Court in Mt. Clemens, who resigned after a scandal in 2000 and once served as a county commissioner. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Son of ex-Macomb judge who chopped up dad's body sentenced to 15 years in prison," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of resign

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1805, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for resign

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French resigner, from Latin resignare, literally, to unseal, cancel, from re- + signare to sign, seal — more at sign

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More Definitions for resign

resign

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resign

: to give up (a job or position) in a formal or official way

resign

verb
re·​sign | \ ri-ˈzīn How to pronounce resign (audio) \
resigned; resigning

Kids Definition of resign

1 : to give up (a job or position) by a formal or official act
2 : to prepare to accept something unpleasant Unable to sleep, I resigned myself to await his return …— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

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