- To resign is to give up power, to voluntarily quit a job or come to terms with something as unavoidable.
- When you decide to leave your position and write your boss a letter letting him know, this is an example of a situation where you resign from your position.
- When you know you are going to lose money on a deal and you accept that fact, this is an example of a situation where you resign yourself to loss.
resign definition by Webster's New World
- to give up possession of; relinquish (a claim, etc.)
- to give up (an office, position, etc.)
Origin: Middle English resignen ; from Middle French resigner ; from Classical Latin resignare ; from re-, back plush signare, to sign
resign definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·signed, re·sign·ing, re·signs verb, transitive
- To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line.
- To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
- To relinquish (a privilege, right, or claim). See Synonyms at relinquish.
Origin: Middle English resignen, from Old French resigner, from Latin resignāre, to unseal : re-, re- + signāre, to seal (from signum, mark, seal; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).
- re·signˈer noun
resign - Phrases/Idioms
resign oneself (to)