verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of resign
Definition for resign (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object)
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|Chris Allbritton|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hanley was forced to come out of the closet and resign all at once.
A call from the stage for President Peña Nieto to resign drew the loudest applause.
In that case, he, Nubar, would at once resign his position and retire into private life.Cities of the Dawn|J. Ewing Ritchie
He also, unsolicited, gave me leave to resign my place of Clerk of the Verge to my son.Extracts from the Diary of William Bray, Esq.|William Bray
Yet she plainly could not resign herself or suppress her passion.Swift|Leslie Stephen
At length after a long contest, in the course of which Peel came round to him, he resolved to carry the measure or resign.The Greville Memoirs|Charles C. F. Greville
He decided to resign his post of steward at Raiding and take the boy to Vienna for further study.The World's Great Men of Music|Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for resign (1 of 2)
Word Origin for resign
British Dictionary definitions for resign (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for resign (1 of 2)
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.