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


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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Seven-time back-to-back reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande, who have recently resigned Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Barcelona, are a point behind Jiangsu in fifth place., "Inter Forward Eder Completes Permanent Move to Chinese Club Jiangsu Suning," 13 July 2018 On June 25, Evans was officially named the permanent replacement for Kevin Anderson, who resigned in April after spending the previous six months of his 7½ year tenure on sabbatical. Don Markus,, "New Maryland athletic director Damon Evans signs six-year contract, potentially worth about $800,000 annually," 13 July 2018 Within two years, Gorsuch and Watt had resigned and restoration of federal environmental agencies was underway. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 The exchanges among the five council members, all Democrats, included discussion of how to handle the mayor's ongoing dispute with Black, who eventually resigned under pressure from Cranley. Dan Horn,, "'Gang of 5' not only Cincinnati council members sending secret texts, motion says," 5 July 2018 Nonprofit activist group Equality California issued a statement Monday urging Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman to resign, three days after his column using an offensive term for gay men was published in a local newspaper. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Gay rights group wants Dixon vice mayor to resign after calling men fairies," 2 July 2018 Three members have resigned — Aaron Burmeister, Wade Marrs and Rick Swenson. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "28 mushers enter 2019 Iditarod, the smallest first-day signup this century," 1 July 2018 Foreign Policy magazine said Melville is one of the many senior U.S. diplomats who have resigned because of Trump's policies. Jari Tanner,, "U.S. ambassador to Estonia resigns over Trump's comments about European Union," 30 June 2018 Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, who became fixtures of national news in the 90s, have resigned amid allegations of misconduct. Rhaina Cohen, The New Republic, "What the 1990s Got Wrong," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of resign

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


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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