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resigned

[ri-zahynd] /rɪˈzaɪnd/
adjective
1.
submissive or acquiescent.
2.
characterized by or indicative of resignation.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; resign + -ed2
Related forms
resignedly
[ri-zahy-nid-lee] /rɪˈzaɪ nɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
resignedness, noun
self-resigned, adjective
unresigned, adjective

re-sign

[ree-sahyn] /riˈsaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to sign again.
2.
to renew or extend a contract.
Origin
1795-1805
Can be confused
re-sign, resign.

resign

[ri-zahyn] /rɪˈzaɪn/
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)
3.
to give up (an office, position, etc.), often formally.
4.
to relinquish (a right, claim, agreement, etc.).
5.
to give or sign over, as to the control or care of another:
She resigned her child to an adoption agency.
6.
to submit (oneself, one's mind, etc.) without resistance.
Origin
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.
Synonyms
1. withdraw. 3. abdicate, renounce; quit, leave. 4. give up, surrender, cede, forgo.
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  • Since then the king has picked his own prime ministers, the second of whom resigned last month.
  • The director of drug approval has been named in an ethics investigation and a head medical device regulator has resigned.
  • He wore his terminal diagnosis with resigned bravado.
  • Some officers have resigned rather than take the vaccine.
  • He attempted to work in the merchant marine but resigned because of problems with his eyes.
  • The chief financial officer resigned at the same time.
  • Airport authorities already resigned to our presence come over to argue with us against him.
  • Court officials have resigned amid fierce public feuding, some between locals and foreigners.
  • The public-works minister resigned rather than terminate the contracts.
  • The small, bolshy faction the resigned ministers belong to lacks the power to swing any no-confidence vote.
British Dictionary definitions for resigned

resigned

/rɪˈzaɪnd/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or proceeding from an attitude of resignation; acquiescent or submissive
Derived Forms
resignedly (rɪˈzaɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
resignedness, noun

resign

/rɪˈzaɪn/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by from. to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
2.
(transitive) to reconcile (oneself) to; yield: to resign oneself to death
3.
(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

re-sign

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

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

resign

v.

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.

re-sign

v.

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

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