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.
- To sign again.
- n. Resignation.
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
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.
Since there is no upside for McDonnell to keep fighting to keep his promise to Sledd - which is why Sledd didn't resign from the boards - then the new Secretary needs to "take one for the team" and agree to resign.
On the plus side, she will resign from the Senate and then ... she can be fired from the Sec State spot.
And the FTC's probeof the ties between the boards of Google and Apple precipitated Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chairman and chief executive, to resign from the Apple board, and Arthur Levinson, a member of the board of directors of both companies to resign from Google's board.
Like when she promised to resign from the Senate so she could run for governor of Texas a few months ago ...
In the firestorm that followed, Mollohan was forced by Pelosi to resign from the Ethics Committee where he served as the ranking Democrat.
Mayor Michael Sullivan - no relation to the district attorney - is calling on Stokes to resign from the District F committee seat to which he was elected in November.
In 1999 the University at Buffalo Law School graduate was forced to resign from the legal profession during a state professional disciplinary proceeding.