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 re-sign (audio) \ noun
resigner \ ri-​ˈzī-​nər How to pronounce re-sign (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 Almost simultaneously, across the pond, Werner was forced to resign from his role with the Premier League’s broadcast advisory group — fallout from the foiled Super League fiasco. BostonGlobe.com, "Expect Bill Belichick to stubbornly stand by Cam Newton, and other thoughts," 30 Apr. 2021 The official who posted the tweets was later forced to resign. Sophie Bjork-james, Chron, "QAnon hasn't gone away - it's alive and kicking in states across the country," 26 Apr. 2021 Police officers who were either fired or forced to resign because of disciplinary reasons may not be able to work as officers in other jurisdictions in the state of New York should a bill announced Saturday become law. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, "New York lawmaker announces bill to prevent fired police officers from being rehired in other jurisdictions," 25 Apr. 2021 Lawmakers in New York introduced joint legislation Saturday that would ban police officers who are forced to resign or are fired over disciplinary issues from being rehired in another jurisdiction in the state. Fox News, "New York lawmakers look to ban cops who resign, are fired for misconduct, from being rehired elsewhere," 25 Apr. 2021 He was replaced by congressional president Manuel Merino, who lasted less than a week in office as big protests forced him to resign. Star Tribune, "Ecuador, Peru to elect presidents amid strengthened pandemic," 8 Apr. 2021 Kaldas noted that the current transportation minister was put in place after a rail accident forced his predecessor to resign. Washington Post, "Train collision in southern Egypt kills 32, injures 66," 26 Mar. 2021 The author of this article, for example found out that she had been forced to resign by the FBI for taking bribes for UCSF Parnassus. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "A meme about 'only-in-San Francisco' political scandals is tearing up the internet," 24 Mar. 2021 The new minister of agriculture—the previous one was forced to resign over the mink slaughter—vowed to have the dead minks dug up and incinerated instead. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of resign was in the 14th century

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“Resign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resign. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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