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Definition of "resign" []

  • To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification. (verb-transitive)
  • To relinquish (a privilege, right, or claim). See Synonyms at relinquish. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up one's job or office; quit, especially by formal notification: resign from a board of directors. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "resign" in a sentence
  • "As for Romney, it will be an amusing game to count how many times he will repeat the phrase "resign in disgrace" over the next week as he attempts to focus voters' attention on Gingrich's career in the House of Representatives."
  • "Both men pleaded guilty to fraud on Thursday, and if the plea is accepted by the court, they'll spend 87 months in prison, be forced to resign from the bench and the bar, and lose their pension benefits."
  • "Suggesting that Jones should resign is defensible without appealing to perfection."