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[ ri-zahyn ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to give up an office or position, often formally (often followed by from ):

    to resign from the presidency.

    Synonyms: withdraw

  2. to submit; yield:

    to resign before the inevitable.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.

    Synonyms: leave, quit, abdicate, renounce

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

    Synonyms: forgo, cede, surrender, give up

  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.


/ rɪˈzaɪn /


  1. whenintr, 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

  3. tr to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquish

    he resigned his claim to the throne

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Derived Forms

  • reˈsigner, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of resign1

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” ( sign )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of resign1

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

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Example Sentences

Amid the growing pressure, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said on Wednesday that he would resign after only three months on the job.

From Fortune

Hollerith resigned his appointment less than a year later, on March 31, 1884, and set up his own office as an “Expert and Solicitor of Patents.”

After assuming the presidency in 1974 when Nixon resigned, Ford mounted a run for a full term in 1976, but it was hardly a coronation.

South Africa — whose cricket administrators had resigned themselves to the inevitability of Kolpak — is also changing.

From Ozy

The city acknowledged Monday that Cybele Thompson, the director of real estate assets Faulconer had recruited after his election in 2014 to clean up the department, was resigning.

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.

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.

Of course, I shall not resign my present position until I am sure that I am no longer a clerk, but a musician.

I asked if any of the Trustees or the Faculty wished me to resign and was assured of the contrary.

Resign yourselves to the order of destiny, which decrees that you, like all other beings, should not endure forever.

As for me, I am going to resign my fellowship, and to make myself useful at Lillyston Court.

I had nothing now to do but resign myself to all the horrors of long captivity, and to the sentence of death.


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More About Resign

What does resign mean?

Resign most commonly means to give up one’s job or position.

When used this way, resign can be used without an object, as in He resigned yesterday, or with one, as in She is expected to resign her position. In its general sense, resign means to yield or submit, as in When he knew he couldn’t possibly win the match, he decided to resign. 

Example: They say he resigned on his own, but I think he was forced out.

Where does resign come from?

Resign has been used to mean “quit” or “yield” since at least the 1300s. It is ultimately derived from the Latin verb resignāre, meaning “give up” or “unseal, invalidate, destroy.” Resignāre is formed from the prefix re-, meaning “again,” and signāre, meaning “to seal.”

When used in the sense of leaving a position, resign is synonymous with quit, but the two words can imply different things. To say that someone quit their job often (though not always) implies that they left because they didn’t like something about it. Someone can resign due to negative circumstances, but the word itself doesn’t imply this without additional context. For example, a politician might resign due to a scandal, or an employee might resign to protest a policy they consider unethical. But resigning doesn’t always involve negative circumstances. A person might resign because they’re moving or they want to change their career.

Sometimes, people are given the option to resign instead of being fired. This especially happens in governmental or political appointments.

A person who has resigned is often said to have tendered (or given) their resignation.

Resign can also mean “to give oneself up to a feeling or circumstance,” as in I just have to resign myself to the fact that I’ll never be a professional bowler.

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  • resignation (noun)
  • resigned (adjective)
  • resignedly (adverb)
  • resigner (noun)

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Although anyone can resign from any job, the word is most commonly associated with politicians.



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The majority of employees threatened to resign in protest of the new dress code.