- to give up an office or position, often formally (often followed by from): to resign from the presidency.
- to submit; yield: to resign before the inevitable.
- to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.
- to relinquish (a right, claim, agreement, etc.).
- to give or sign over, as to the control or care of another: She resigned her child to an adoption agency.
- to submit (oneself, one's mind, etc.) without resistance.
Origin of resign
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- to sign again.
- to renew or extend a contract.
Origin of re-sign
Examples from the Web for resign
There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.
The penalty is only rarely imposed, as members often resign before they can be voted out of Congress.
He was eventually allowed to leave, but he was forced to resign as ambassador and now lives in Washington, effectively in exile.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children
December 17, 2014
Hanley was forced to come out of the closet and resign all at once.Headmasters Behaving Badly
November 29, 2014
A call from the stage for President Peña Nieto to resign drew the loudest applause.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
He could resign himself to his reveries, and pursue them into new subtleties day by day.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Besides, Mr. Morgan offered to resign his seat in the House of Commons in his favor.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
George felt that if he would hold one he must resign the other.Life in London
Mortimer was to be asked to resign his position as soon as his place in the bank could be filled.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
But now that she was unable to move, she must resign herself and accept her fate.The Dream
- (when intr , often foll by from) to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
- (tr) to reconcile (oneself) to; yieldto resign oneself to death
- (tr) to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquishhe resigned his claim to the throne
- to sign (a document, etc) again
Word Origin and History for resign
late 14c., "give up, surrender, abandon, submit; relinquish," from Old French resigner "renounce, relinquish" (13c.), from Latin resignare "to check off, annul, cancel, give back, give up," from re- "opposite" (see re-) + signare "to make an entry in an account book," literally "to mark" (see sign (v.)).
The sense is of making an entry (signum) "opposite" -- on the credit side -- balancing the former mark and thus canceling the claim it represents. The specific meaning of "give up a position" is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to give (oneself) up to some emotion or situation" is from 1718. Related: Resigned; resigning.