verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French resigner, from Latin resignare, literally, to unseal, cancel, from re- + signare to sign, seal — more at sign Date: 14th century 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 (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 Synonyms: see relinquish, abdicateresignedly adverbresignedness nounresigner noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • resign — re‧sign [rɪˈzaɪn] verb [intransitive, transitive] JOBS to officially leave a job, position etc through your own choice, rather than being told to leave: • The vice president resigned his post last week. resign as • One director recently resigned… …   Financial and business terms

  • Resign — Re*sign (r? z?n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Resigned} ( z?nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Resigning}.] [F. r[ e]signer, L. resignare to unseal, annul, assign, resign; pref. re re + signare to seal, stamp. See {Sign}, and cf. {Resignation}.] [1913 Webster] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • resign — [ri zīn′] vt. [ME resignen < MFr resigner < L resignare < re , back + signare, to SIGN] 1. to give up possession of; relinquish (a claim, etc.) 2. to give up (an office, position, etc.) vi. to give up an office, position of employment,… …   English World dictionary

  • resign — I verb abandon, abdicate, abire, abjure, capitulate, cease work, cede, cedere, demit, depart, deponere, desist from, disclaim, divest oneself of, drop out, forego, forsake, give notice, give up, leave, quit, reject, relinquish, renounce,… …   Law dictionary

  • resign — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. resigner, from L. resignare to check off, cancel, give up, from re opposite (see RE (Cf. re )) + signare to make an entry in an account book, lit. to mark (see SIGN (Cf. sign)). The sense is of making an entry (signum) …   Etymology dictionary

  • resign — 1 yield, surrender, leave, abandon, *relinquish, cede, waive Analogous words: *forgo, eschew, sacrifice, forbear, abnegate: *abjure, renounce, forswear 2 *abdicate, renounce …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • resign — [v] give up responsibility abandon, abdicate, bail out, bow out, capitulate, cease work, cede, demit, divorce oneself from, drop, drop out, end service, fold, forgo, forsake, give notice, give up the ship*, hand in resignation, hand over, hang it …   New thesaurus

  • resign — ► VERB 1) voluntarily leave a job or position of office. 2) (be resigned) accept that something undesirable cannot be avoided. ORIGIN Latin resignare unseal, cancel …   English terms dictionary

  • resign — verb ADVERB ▪ formally ▪ abruptly ▪ immediately VERB + RESIGN ▪ be forced to, be obliged to (BrE), have to …   Collocations dictionary

  • resign */*/*/ — UK [rɪˈzaɪn] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms resign : present tense I/you/we/they resign he/she/it resigns present participle resigning past tense resigned past participle resigned to state formally that you are leaving a job… …   English dictionary

  • resign — 01. Some people think President Bill Clinton should have [resigned] because of his sex scandal. 02. The Prime Minister regretfully accepted the [resignation] of his Finance Minister. 03. Charlotte [resigned] from her position as president of the… …   Grammatical examples in English

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