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/ rɪˈzaɪnd /
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submissive or acquiescent.
characterized by or indicative of resignation.
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Origin of resigned

First recorded in 1645–55; resign + -ed2


re·sign·ed·ly [ri-zahy-nid-lee], /rɪˈzaɪ nɪd li/, adverbre·sign·ed·ness, nounself-re·signed, adjectiveun·re·signed, adjective
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What does resigned mean?

Resigned is an adjective that means having an accepting, unresisting attitude or in a state of submission.

A person who is resigned is often in a state of realization that the negative situation that is happening to them will continue to happen and that they can’t do anything to stop it.

The word is especially used in phrases like resigned to one’s fate or resigned to the fact that (something is happening).

Resigned is also the past tense of the verb resign. Resign most commonly means to quit a job, but it can also mean to submit or yield. The noun form resignation can mean a state of submission or acquiescence, as in There is a sense of resignation in the room now that most of the votes are in and there doesn’t appear to be any path to victory. 

Example: Even if I ace the test, it won’t bring up my average enough, so I’m resigned to the fact that I’m going to fail the class.

Where does resigned come from?

The first records of the verb resign come from the 1300s, and resigned has been used as an adjective since at least the 1500s. It is ultimately derived from the Latin verb resignāre, meaning “give up” or “unseal, invalidate, destroy.”

When a person is described as resigned, it typically implies that they recognize that there is nothing left to be done to improve the situation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have given up, but it can. When used as an adjective, the word defeated has a similar meaning. A person who appears resigned or defeated looks like they know they’ve lost. The phrase resigned to one’s fate means a person has accepted the inevitable.

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What are some other forms related to resigned?

  • resign (verb)
  • resignedly (adverb)
  • resignedness (noun)
  • self-resigned (adjective)
  • unresigned (adjective)

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How is resigned used in real life?

Resigned is always used in the context of negative situations—people are resigned to failure or defeat, not success or victory.



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Is resigned used correctly in the following sentence?

She’s not a quitter—she’s just resigned to her fate.

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British Dictionary definitions for resigned

/ (rɪˈzaɪnd) /

characteristic of or proceeding from an attitude of resignation; acquiescent or submissive

Derived forms of resigned

resignedly (rɪˈzaɪnɪdlɪ), adverbresignedness, noun
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