from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line.
- transitive v. To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
- transitive v. To relinquish (a privilege, right, or claim). See Synonyms at relinquish.
- intransitive v. To give up one's job or office; quit, especially by formal notification: resign from a board of directors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Alternative spelling of re-sign.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To relinquish; to abandon.
- transitive v. To commit to the care of; to consign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To withdraw, as a claim; give up; abandon.
- To yield or give up in a confiding or trusting spirit; submit, particularly to Providence.
- To submit without resistance; yield; commit.
- To intrust; consign; commit to the care of.
- 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.
- To submit one's self; yield; endure with resignation.
- To give up an office, commission, post, or the like.
- n. Resignation.
- To sign again.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
- v. give up or retire from a position
- v. part with a possession or right
- v. accept as inevitable
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman reisgner, Middle French resigner, and its source, Latin resignāre ("to unseal, annul, assign, resign"), from re- + signāre ("to seal, stamp"). (Wiktionary)
re- + sign (Wiktionary)