resigned

adjective
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 to He 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

Other Words from resigned

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

First Known Use of resigned

1699, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about resigned

Statistics for resigned

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for resigned

The first known use of resigned was in 1699

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for resigned

resigned

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of resigned

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

resigned

adjective
re·​signed | \ ri-ˈzīnd\

Kids Definition of resigned

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on resigned

What made you want to look up resigned? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!