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.

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 confused

re-sign resign

Definition for resign (2 of 2)

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 confused

re-sign resign
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British Dictionary definitions for resign (1 of 2)

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 Forms

resigner, noun

Word Origin for resign

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

British Dictionary definitions for resign (2 of 2)

re-sign

/ (riːˈsaɪn) /

verb

to sign (a document, etc) again

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