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 Many of the protesters called on the government to resign and demanded an end to emergency laws in place since the outset of the pandemic, which civic groups say violate civil and political rights. NBC News, "Jordan uses tear gas to clamp down on anti-lockdown protesters," 17 Mar. 2021 London's mayor demanded an explanation and politicians from the left and right expressed their outrage at the disproportionate use of force, some even requesting the head of the Met, herself a woman, resign. Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Crowd shouts 'Shame on you' as London police break up a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard," 13 Mar. 2021 Northam did not resign, however, and will, barring another unforeseen scandal, serve out his term in office with a slate of accomplishments and a reasonably high approval level. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Walls Are Closing in on Andrew Cuomo," 12 Mar. 2021 Why did Chao resign at the end of Trump's presidency? Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Who is Elaine Chao? Here's what to know about the former Transportation secretary," 5 Mar. 2021 There is only one ethical option: Andrew Cuomo should resign as governor of New York, and make room for someone with a command of and respect for the scientific knowledge necessary to lead the nation’s fourth largest state. Steven W. Thrasher, Scientific American, "Andrew Cuomo Should Resign," 4 Mar. 2021 Several members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas will resign from the state power grid manager a week after a historic winter storm forced statewide blackouts, disrupted water supplies and left dozens of people dead. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Some freeze-damaged plants in your yard can be saved," 24 Feb. 2021 Four board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of Texas, will resign on Wednesday, according to a notice to the Public Utility Commission. Erin Douglas And Mitchell Ferman, Chron, "Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in the aftermath of the power outage," 23 Feb. 2021 Additionally, court records show, Ledbetter must resign any and all positions with any fire department. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Ex-Trussville fire chief gets probation after pleading guilty to theft, ethics violation," 11 Feb. 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 10 Apr. 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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