resigned

adjective

re·​signed ri-ˈzīnd How to pronounce resigned (audio)
: 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
resignedly 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

Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resigned was in 1699

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Cite this Entry

“Resigned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resigned. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

resigned

adjective

re·​signed
ri-ˈzīnd
: giving in patiently (as to loss, sorrow, or misfortune)
resignedly
-ˈzī-nəd-lē
adverb
resignedness
-ˈzī-nəd-nəs
noun

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