verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of resign
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH resignre-sign, resign
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verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-sign
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-signre-sign , 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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What are some other forms related to resign?
- resignation (noun)
- resigned (adjective)
- resignedly (adverb)
- resigner (noun)
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How is resign used in real life?
Although anyone can resign from any job, the word is most commonly associated with politicians.
Victor Matemadanda said Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi must resign from his job if he believes there are obstacles standing in the way of fighting corruption.
…I say ED must resign if he believes sanctions are the obstacles standing in the way of developing the nation.
— Solomon Harudzibwi (@S_Harudzibwi) March 3, 2020
.@LabourRichard says he will not stand down on the back of Scottish Labour's disastrous European election results. He says there were no calls for him to resign at this afternoon's MSP group meeting.
— Alistair Grant (@alistairkgrant) May 28, 2019
Boris Johnson fails to answer backbench MP's question: if Cabinet Office Inquiry finds Priti Patel breached Ministerial Code will she be expected to resign? He simply reiterates support for her saying "I'm sticking by her", but says a couple of minutes later: "I loathe bullying"
— Danny Shaw (@DannyShawBBC) March 4, 2020
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Is resign used correctly in the following sentence?
The majority of employees threatened to resign in protest of the new dress code.
How to use resign in a sentence
Amid the growing pressure, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said on Wednesday that he would resign after only three months on the job.
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.Could Kamala Harris Win The Presidency In 2024? Here’s What History Tells Us.|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|August 13, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
South Africa — whose cricket administrators had resigned themselves to the inevitability of Kolpak — is also changing.Guess Who’s Cheering for Brexit? South African Cricket|Charu Kasturi|August 12, 2020|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.Morning Report: With Building Folly, City Real Estate Director Out|Voice of San Diego|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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.
Of course, I shall not resign my present position until I am sure that I am no longer a clerk, but a musician.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
I asked if any of the Trustees or the Faculty wished me to resign and was assured of the contrary.The Supplies for the Confederate Army|Caleb Huse
Resign yourselves to the order of destiny, which decrees that you, like all other beings, should not endure forever.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
As for me, I am going to resign my fellowship, and to make myself useful at Lillyston Court.Julian Home|Dean Frederic W. Farrar
I had nothing now to do but resign myself to all the horrors of long captivity, and to the sentence of death.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico