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verb (used without object)
  1. to give up an office or position, often formally (often followed by from): to resign from the presidency.
  2. to submit; yield: to resign before the inevitable.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.
  2. to relinquish (a right, claim, agreement, etc.).
  3. to give or sign over, as to the control or care of another: She resigned her child to an adoption agency.
  4. to submit (oneself, one's mind, etc.) without resistance.
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Origin of resign

1325–75; Middle English resignen < Middle French resigner < Latin resignāre to open, release, cancel, equivalent to re- re- + signāre to mark, seal, sign
Can be confusedre-sign resign

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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to sign again.
  2. to renew or extend a contract.
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Origin of re-sign

First recorded in 1795–1805
Can be confusedre-sign resign
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Related Words for resign

relinquish, quit, waive, drop, abdicate, renounce, retire, terminate, yield, secede, leave, fold, forgo, capitulate, vacate, cede, abandon, surrender, forsake, demit

Examples from the Web for resign

Contemporary Examples of resign

Historical Examples of resign

  • He could resign himself to his reveries, and pursue them into new subtleties day by day.


    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

    Edwin Hodder

  • Mortimer was to be asked to resign his position as soon as his place in the bank could be filled.


    W. A. Fraser

  • But now that she was unable to move, she must resign herself and accept her fate.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for resign


  1. (when intr , often foll by from) to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
  2. (tr) to reconcile (oneself) to; yieldto resign oneself to death
  3. (tr) to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquishhe resigned his claim to the throne
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Derived Formsresigner, noun

Word Origin for resign

C14: from Old French resigner, from Latin resignāre to unseal, invalidate, destroy, from re- + signāre to seal; see sign


  1. to sign (a document, etc) again
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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.

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"sign again," 1805, from re- + sign (v.). Related: Re-signed; re-signing.

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