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Origin of resigned

First recorded in 1645–55; resign + -ed2
Related formsre·sign·ed·ly [ri-zahy-nid-lee] /rɪˈzaɪ nɪd li/, adverbre·sign·ed·ness, nounself-re·signed, adjectiveun·re·signed, adjective


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
Can be confusedre-sign resign


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.).
  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.

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

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Examples from the Web for resigned

Contemporary Examples of resigned

Historical Examples of resigned

  • Following the example of his predecessor, in 1868, Mr. Gladstone resigned.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It was in February, 1855, that Mr. Gladstone resigned his seat in the Cabinet.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • They were soon after married, and he resigned his command at the fort.

  • Until then she had been resigned, she felt so strong and confident as she awaited the miracle.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • "I worry so about its disorderliness that I won't go in," she used to say, in a resigned way.

British Dictionary definitions for resigned


  1. characteristic of or proceeding from an attitude of resignation; acquiescent or submissive
Derived Formsresignedly (rɪˈzaɪnɪdlɪ), adverbresignedness, noun


  1. (when intr , often foll by from) to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
  2. (tr) to reconcile (oneself) to; yieldto resign oneself to death
  3. (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


  1. to sign (a document, etc) again
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Word Origin and History for resigned

"submissive, full of resignation," 1690s, past participle adjective from resign (v.). Related: Resignedly.



late 14c., "give up, surrender, abandon, submit; relinquish," from Old French resigner "renounce, relinquish" (13c.), from Latin resignare "to check off, annul, cancel, give back, give up," from re- "opposite" (see re-) + signare "to make an entry in an account book," literally "to mark" (see sign (v.)).

The sense is of making an entry (signum) "opposite" -- on the credit side -- balancing the former mark and thus canceling the claim it represents. The specific meaning of "give up a position" is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to give (oneself) up to some emotion or situation" is from 1718. Related: Resigned; resigning.



"sign again," 1805, from re- + sign (v.). Related: Re-signed; re-signing.

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