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[ree-sahyn] /riˈsaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to sign again.
to renew or extend a contract.
Origin of re-sign
Can be confused
re-sign, 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.
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.
1. withdraw. 3. abdicate, renounce; quit, leave. 4. give up, surrender, cede, forgo. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resign
  • He also accepted full personal responsibility, but gave no indication that he planned to resign.
  • The prime minister fended off opposition demands that he should resign.
  • But by the end of the day, he had been forced to resign with no severance package.
  • He has promised to fight his suspension in the courts and refused to resign.
  • There are now calls, predictably, for him to resign.
  • There are calls within the party for him to resign if he cannot reach a satisfactory outcome by the end of this month.
  • Then again, if the story keeps going much longer, he may yet resign.
  • The commissioner has repeatedly stated he will not resign over the killing.
  • In sum, the computer industry must abandon threads altogether or resign itself to endure a lot of pain in the years ahead.
  • But it has also offered volunteers a certain amount of control over their destiny, because they could always resign if they chose.
British Dictionary definitions for resign


when intr, often foll by from. to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
(transitive) to reconcile (oneself) to; yield: to resign oneself to death
(transitive) to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquish: he resigned his claim to the throne
Derived Forms
resigner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resigner, from Latin resignāre to unseal, invalidate, destroy, from re- + signāre to seal; see sign


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

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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