resign

verb (1)
re·​sign | \ ri-ˈzīn How to pronounce resign (audio) \
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 How to pronounce re-sign (audio) \
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

Other Words from resign

Verb (1)

resignedness \ ri-​ˈzī-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce resign (audio) \ noun
resigner \ ri-​ˈzī-​nər How to pronounce resign (audio) \ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ariel Sharon, then defense minister, was forced to resign as a result of the inquiry's findings. Hadas Gold And Celine Alkhaldi, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 King said he was forced to resign as Urban Prep CEO on July 27. Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Bark after the verdict said Paris does not plan to remain in politics and would have to resign as the Seminole GOP’s chair. Annie Martin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 But critics questioned her commitment to Alaska, citing her decision to resign as governor in July 2009, partway through her term. Becky Bohrer, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 During the campaign, critics questioned Palin’s commitment to Alaska, citing her decision to resign as governor in July 2009, partway through her term. Becky Bohrer, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2022 The Department of Education opened an investigation into the University of Southern California on Tuesday after a student said she was forced to resign as the student body's vice president due to an onslaught of anti-Semitic attacks. Paul Best, Fox News, 26 July 2022 Last summer, Mike Stradley, a former West Linn police lieutenant, agreed to resign as a police training manager for the state’s public safety academy after he was investigated for his role in Fesser’s arrest. oregonlive, 22 July 2022 Italian President Sergio Mattarella rejected Mario Draghi’s offer to resign as prime minister on Thursday in a bid to avert a political crisis that would unsettle financial markets and potentially lead to elections in the fall. Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg.com, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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26 Sep 2022

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“Resign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resign. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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resign

verb
re·​sign | \ ri-ˈzīn How to pronounce resign (audio) \
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, Hear My Cry

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