resign

[ ri-zahyn ]
/ rɪˈzaɪn /

verb (used without object)

to give up an office or position, often formally (often followed by from): to resign from the presidency.
to submit; yield: to resign before the inevitable.

verb (used with object)

to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.
to relinquish (a right, claim, agreement, etc.).
to give or sign over, as to the control or care of another: She resigned her child to an adoption agency.
to submit (oneself, one's mind, etc.) without resistance.

Nearby words

  1. residual volume,
  2. residually,
  3. residuary,
  4. residue,
  5. residuum,
  6. resignation,
  7. resigned,
  8. resignedly,
  9. resignee,
  10. resile

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

re-sign

[ ree-sahyn ]
/ riˈsaɪn /

verb (used with or without object)

to sign again.
to renew or extend a contract.

Origin of re-sign

First recorded in 1795–1805

Can be confusedre-sign resign

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British Dictionary definitions for resign

resign

/ (rɪˈzaɪn) /

verb

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

re-sign

/ (riːˈsaɪn) /

verb

to sign (a document, etc) again
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Word Origin and History for resign
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