resign

verb (1)
re·​sign | \ ri-ˈzīn \
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 \
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)

resignedly \ ri-​ˈzī-​nəd-​lē \ adverb
resignedness \ ri-​ˈzī-​nəd-​nəs \ noun
resigner \ ri-​ˈzī-​nər \ 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

One co-founder of the march, who is no longer with Women’s March, called for the co-chairs to resign in November over their links to Farrakhan. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 Despite efforts from companies like Google and Amazon, some people who stutter are resigned to the idea that voice assistants simply aren’t for them. Kevin Wheeler, Curbed, "Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter," 12 Dec. 2018 In response to Mund’s grievances, pageant officials from at least 19 states have called for the current leadership to resign, according to the AP. Bridget Read, Vogue, "There’s a Lot of Drama Going Down in the Miss America Pageant," 21 Aug. 2018 Lafontant suspended the fuel prices increases after protests erupted last week but the disturbances continued and calls for the prime minister to resign grew, including from the opposition and some business groups. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 In 2013, The Texas Civil Rights Project called for Hughes to resign over other remarks Hughes expressed in a hearing on another employment discrimination matter. Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, "Federal Judge Lynn Hughes criticized by appeals court for ‘demeaning’ sexist remarks in criminal case," 7 July 2018 East County businessman Nathan Cornett is the citizen who has called for Kalasho to resign — the subject of a Paul Kruze story for East County Magazine. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Reporter accuses El Cajon councilman of attempted assault involving 'attack dog'," 6 July 2018 Top Republican leaders in the Indiana Statehouse have called for Hill to resign after a week of negative stories drawing into question their handling of groping allegations against him. CBS News, "Democratic lawmaker says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill groped her," 6 July 2018 Mark Manoil, the Democratic candidate for treasurer, called for Klein to resign Friday, saying the Treasurer's Office must protect public money. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona Treasurer Eileen Klein still getting paid by regents," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resign.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 \
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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