resign

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verb re·sign \ri-ˈzīn\

Definition of resign

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  relegate, consign; especially :  to give (oneself) over without resistance <resigned herself to her fate>

  3. 2 :  to give up deliberately; especially :  to renounce (as a right or position) by a formal act

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give up one's office or position :  quit

  6. 2 :  to accept something as inevitable :  submit

resignedly

play \-ˈzī-nəd-lē\ adverb

resignedness

play \-ˈzī-nəd-nəs\ noun

resigner

play \-ˈzī-nər\ noun

Examples of resign in a sentence

  1. The senator was forced to resign his position.

  2. The newspaper's editor resigned after the scandal.

  3. He resigned from his job as principal of the school.

Origin and Etymology of resign

Middle English, from Anglo-French resigner, from Latin resignare, literally, to unseal, cancel, from re- + signare to sign, seal — more at sign


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of resign

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>.


RESIGN Defined for English Language Learners

resign

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verb re·sign \ri-ˈzīn\

Definition of resign for English Language Learners

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


RESIGN Defined for Kids

resign

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verb re·sign \ri-ˈzīn\

Definition of resign for Students

resigned

resigning

  1. 1 :  to give up (a job or position) by a formal or official act

  2. 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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