Definition of resign
2 : to give up deliberately; especially : to renounce (something, such as a right or position) by a formal act
1 : to give up one's office or position : quit
2 : to accept something as inevitable : submit
resignedlyplay \-ˈzī-nəd-lē\ adverb
resignednessplay \-ˈzī-nəd-nəs\ noun
resignerplay \-ˈzī-nər\ noun
Examples of resign in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of resign from the Web
A two-decade veteran of the Lake County Sheriff's Department has been selected as the new chief of police, filling a position left vacant when the former chief resigned and pleaded guilty to a corruption charge.
Two of Auburn's top football administrators and Gus Malzahn's closest confidants have resigned and one is helping the Malzahn's start a charitable foundation based in Auburn.
The latter is now led by Brian Enos, who arrived in 2014 when artistic director Paula David resigned.
Prime Minister David Cameron was a month away from having to resign, and French President Francois Hollande was still expected to run for re-election.
Chief Marketing Officer Ponder Harrison resigned May 12.
Brooks was re-elected after resigning in protest of being fined for the incident.
Boehner, who resigned from Congress in October 2015, had praised Trump — a friend and golfing companion from his political years — during the presidential campaign.
So many members of the board of trustees resigned that the board no longer has the quorum required to hire a new boss.
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Origin and Etymology of resign
Middle English, from Anglo-French resigner, from Latin resignare, literally, to unseal, cancel, from re- + signare to sign, seal — more at sign
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of resign
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
RESIGN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of resign for English Language Learners
: to give up (a job or position) in a formal or official way
RESIGN Defined for Kids
Definition of resign for Students
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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