[ ri-zahyn ]
See synonyms for: resignre-signedre-signingre-signs on

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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.

  2. to relinquish (a right, claim, agreement, etc.).

  1. to give or sign over, as to the control or care of another: She resigned her child to an adoption agency.

  2. to submit (oneself, one's mind, etc.) without resistance.

Origin of resign

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English resignen, from Middle French resigner, from Latin resignāre “to open, release, cancel,” literally, “to seal back,” from re- re- + signāre “to mark, seal” (see sign)

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Other definitions for re-sign (2 of 2)

[ ree-sahyn ]

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to sign again.

  2. to renew or extend a contract.

Origin of re-sign

First recorded in 1795–1805

Words that may be confused with re-sign Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use resign in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for resign (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈzaɪn) /

  1. (when intr , often foll by from) to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)

  2. (tr) to reconcile (oneself) to; yield: to resign oneself to death

  1. (tr) to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquish: he resigned his claim to the throne

Origin of resign

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

Derived forms of resign

  • resigner, noun

British Dictionary definitions for re-sign (2 of 2)


/ (riːˈsaɪn) /

  1. to sign (a document, etc) again

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