re·​signed | \ ri-ˈzīnd How to pronounce resigned (audio) \

Definition of resigned

: feeling or showing acceptance that something unwanted or unpleasant will happen or cannot be changed a resigned sigh They had the resigned manners of long-term detainees.— Jonathan Raban often used with toHe was fifty-seven years old and resigned to the fact that the rest of his days would be spent in convenient bachelorhood …— James A. MichenerI am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the cold ground.— Edna St.Vincent Millay… Mr. Ogata is resigned to his life rather than contented.— James Sterngold

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resignedly \ ri-​ˈzī-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce resignedly (audio) \ adverb
With a gleam in his eye and a twinkle in his lens, he seems to tell us sweetly, sadly, rather resignedly that a little absurdity, a bit of imbalance is about what we should expect from life. — Vicki Goldberg

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1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Resigned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of resigned

: feeling or showing acceptance that something unpleasant will happen or will not change


re·​signed | \ ri-ˈzīnd \

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: showing acceptance of something unpleasant “I'll do it,” he said in a resigned voice.

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