• WordNet 3.6
    • v resign accept as inevitable "He resigned himself to his fate"
    • v resign part with a possession or right "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest","resign a claim to the throne"
    • v resign leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily "She vacated the position when she got pregnant","The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
    • v resign give up or retire from a position "The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month","The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 9, 1993, "Dateline NBC" was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by "Dateline" rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a "scientific" crash-test demo.
    • Resign To commit to the care of; to consign. "Gentlement of quality have been sent beyong the seas, resigned and concredited to the conduct of such as they call governors."
    • Resign To relinquish; to abandon. "He soon resigned his former suit."
    • Resign To sign back; to return by a formal act; to yield to another; to surrender; -- said especially of office or emolument. Hence, to give up; to yield; to submit; -- said of the wishes or will, or of something valued; -- also often used reflexively. "I here resign my government to thee.""Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost.""What more reasonable, than that we should in all things resign up ourselves to the will of God?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When he resigned in 1923 because of illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Harding. In 1931, Fall was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
    • resign To assign back; return formally; give up; give back, as an office or a commission, to the person or authority that conferred it; hence, to surrender; relinquish; give over; renounce.
    • resign To withdraw, as a claim; give up; abandon.
    • resign To yield or give up in a confiding or trusting spirit; submit, particularly to Providence.
    • resign To submit without resistance; yield; commit.
    • resign To intrust; consign; commit to the care of.
    • resign Synonyms To abandon, renounce, abdicate. Resign differs from the words compared under forsake in expressing primarily a formal and deliberate act, in being the ordinary word for giving up formally an elective office or an appointment, and in having similar figurative use.
    • resign To submit one's self; yield; endure with resignation.
    • resign To give up an office, commission, post, or the like.
    • n resign Resignation.
    • resign To sign again.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Resign rē-sīn′ to sign again.
    • v.t Resign rē-zīn′ to yield up to another: to submit calmly: to relinquish: to entrust
    • v.i Resign to submit one's self: to give up an office, &c
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  • John Keble
    John Keble
    “We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.”
  • Graham Greene
    “We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.”
  • Archibald Macleish
    “The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.”
  • Dawn Steel
    Dawn Steel
    “You don't resign from these jobs, you escape from them.”
  • Larry Eisenberg
    Larry Eisenberg
    “For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. résigner, L. resignare, to unseal, annul, assign, resign; pref. re-, re- + signare, to seal, stamp. See Sign and cf,. Resignation


In literature:

Latimer, when the royal policy clashed with his belief, felt bound to resign the see of Worcester.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
He declined to resign his office into the hands of the Earl of Strathearn as superior.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
He promptly refused the Continental commission, and resigned the one held in the service of Virginia.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
Col. Fry resigned May 14, 1863.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
This was at once followed by the resignation of Schmerling, who was succeeded by Count Richard Belcredi.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
That evening he sent in his resignation.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Another was, to resign.
"Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)" by The Duke of Buckingham
He must send in his resignation.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
He resigned his clerkship at the war office from resentment at the appointment of Mr. Chamier.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He got the salaries out and the sterilized milk in and then he resigned.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
He resigned and his place was taken by the Rev.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
He would send his resignation to the Bishop to-morrow.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He sighed and tried to feel resigned.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He received them with the greatest kindness, shed tears, but accepted their resignation without remonstrance.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Althorp had resigned three days ago; his resignation was accepted, on which Lord Grey resigned too.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Thereupon the worn-out scene of threatening resignation was rehearsed by him once more.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
She watched, observed, reflected, and finally determined that this was not a case of fortitude or of resignation only.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
In 1704 Anne acquiesced in the resignation of Lord Nottingham, the leader of the high Tory party.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
If Thomas resigns, all his officers resign; and Mr. Thomas cannot with honor hold under Heath.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
When he got money enough to resign he resigned; and all because Nellie Cassidy despised operators.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

Tell her, the smile was not so dear,
With which she made the semblance mine,
As bitter is the burning tear,
With which I now the gift resign.
"Her Picture" by Thomas Moore
"For trust me, love, I shall my life
With something like to joy resign,
If I but once may call thee wife,
And, dying, claim and hail thee mine."
"Ballad" by Amelia Opie
Yet transient would my sorrows be
Should Delia first her breath resign;
Sweet Maid! my soul would follow thee,
For never can it part from thine.
"Song" by Thomas Gent
O Father! let me rest in thee,
Resigned to what thou will'st for me;
Content, though all my fond hopes fade,
And visions bright in gloom are laid.
"An Offering" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
But when thy face is hid, they mourn,
And, dying, to their dust return;
Both man and beast their souls resign;
Life, breath, and spirit, all is thine.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
'Tis when this clay resigns its breath,
And the soul quits its frail abode,—
That, rising from the bed of death,
This love is pure—the love of God.
"Loves" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

Breaking News Rep Curry Todd Resigns Committee Chairmanship (Or Is He Merely 'Stepping Aside'?
Experts discuss Taylor's resignation and what it could mean for the country.
Anderson has resigned his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association.
Area residents react to the resignation of DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Conner resigns as CFO, Peyock guides CMH from the banks of the Colorado River.
Enquirer' Publisher Resigns from UC Board of Trustees.
Posted signs say a policeman would be killed every 48 hours unless Roberto Orduña Cruz resigned.
Civil Service Commission member resigns after nephew's election to Louisiana House.
Former state Rep Wilfred Pierre of Lafayette, who has been serving on the state Civil Service Commission for the past three years, has resigned.
The resignations keep coming at AOL.
Editor's note: Although Coda Automotive announced Mike Jackson's resignation on Nov 2, Jackson says that his actual date of resignation was Oct 4.
Hopper posted a public letter of resignation on the group's website on Nov 9 that read in part.
One of Hollywood's most respected colorists -- has joined Technicolor after resigning from his longtime role at Efilm.
Mary Fallin announced Friday that executive director Dave Lopez will resign from that post, but will continue to serve as secretary of commerce in Fallin's cabinet.
The Twins have used future Hall of Famer Jim Thome to man the designated hitter spot for the last few years, but Thome has signed with the Phillies and it is not certain if previous DH Jason Kubel will resign with the club.

In science:

Resign from the ordering in the evolution time in the underlying LO crude MC.
The Exclusive NLO DGLAP Kernels for Non-Singlet Evolution
We have seen, in section 3.2.2, that this can be replaced by an algorithm in the style of but we had to resign to the principle according to which once a tile is placed, it cannot be removed.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution
The female vice-president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, who was to have become the first female President in January 2008 has resigned over a funding fuss at her home university (Science 313, 31).
Astrophysics in 2006
Physics Today finally resolved its differences with terminated staff member Jeff Schmidt (Brodsky 2006), who was awarded back wages and benefits, rehired, and then immediately resigned.
Astrophysics in 2006
Our way is to improve the methods to be applied and not to resign beforehand.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
At the very least, the QCD-based assumptions must be scrapped and we have to resign ourselves to the incalculability of generic strong interactions .
Technicolor Signals at the LHC
Dr Terry Bridges has resigned as Deputy Gemini Scientist at the AAO and returned to his native Canada for personal reasons.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
We picked the Egyptian revolution due to the role of the social media in curating and driving the incidents that led to the resignation of the president.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?
Otherwise, the robot computes Attr(F ) based on G (i) (note that it is not necessary to compute Attr(F ) and WS∗ 1 (q) as long as there is no update in G (i) from the previous round.) Then, according to Attr(F ) and (6), the robot either makes a move σ ∈ WS∗ 1(q) or resigns.
Symbolic Planning and Control Using Game Theory and Grammatical Inference
In the case of either winning or resigning the game, the robot restarts the game at some q0 ∈ Q0 with a theory of mind A(i) 2 and a hypothesized game automaton G (i) ; then its control goes to Step 2.
Symbolic Planning and Control Using Game Theory and Grammatical Inference
So it seems that one has to resign to a very smooth universe when it was young.
Galaxy Formation -- a Condensation Process just after Recombination
By no means, however, does this imply that we must resign ourselves to an agnostic attitude with respect to the real nature of a fundamental particle.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
The President resigned rather than let us know what other crimes he was involved in.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days