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VERB (4)

1. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily;
- Example: "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"
- Example: "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
[syn: vacate, resign, renounce, give up]

2. give up or retire from a position;
- Example: "The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month"
- Example: "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"
[syn: leave office, quit, step down, resign]

3. part with a possession or right;
- Example: "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"
- Example: "resign a claim to the throne"
[syn: release, relinquish, resign, free, give up]

4. accept as inevitable;
- Example: "He resigned himself to his fate"
[syn: resign, reconcile, submit]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Resign \Re*sign"\ (r?-z?n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Resigned (-z?nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Resigning.] [F. r['e]signer, L. resignare to unseal, annul, assign, resign; pref. re- re- + signare to seal, stamp. See Sign, and cf. Resignation.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I here resign my government to thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost. --Milton. [1913 Webster] What more reasonable, than that we should in all things resign up ourselves to the will of God? --Tiilotson. [1913 Webster] 2. To relinquish; to abandon. [1913 Webster] He soon resigned his former suit. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To commit to the care of; to consign. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Gentlement of quality have been sent beyong the seas, resigned and concredited to the conduct of such as they call governors. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] Syn: To abdicate; surrender; submit; leave; relinquish; forego; quit; forsake; abandon; renounce. Usage: Resign, Relinquish. To resign is to give up, as if breaking a seal and yielding all it had secured; hence, it marks a formal and deliberate surrender. To relinquish is less formal, but always implies abandonment and that the thing given up has been long an object of pursuit, and, usually, that it has been prized and desired. We resign what we once held or considered as our own, as an office, employment, etc. We speak of relinquishing a claim, of relinquishing some advantage we had sought or enjoyed, of relinquishing seme right, privilege, etc. "Men are weary with the toil which they bear, but can not find it in their hearts to relinquish it." --Steele. See Abdicate. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Re-sign \Re-sign"\ (r?-s?n"), v. t. [Pref. re- + sign.] To affix one's signature to, a second time; to sign again. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

resign v 1: 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" [syn: vacate, resign, renounce, give up] 2: give up or retire from a position; "The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal" [syn: leave office, quit, step down, resign] [ant: take office] 3: part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: release, relinquish, resign, free, give up] 4: accept as inevitable; "He resigned himself to his fate" [syn: resign, reconcile, submit]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

113 Moby Thesaurus words for "resign": abandon, abdicate, abjure, accede, accept, acknowledge defeat, acquiesce, assent, be agreeable, be pensioned, be superannuated, cease, cede, circulate, come across with, come off, comply, consent, cry quits, cut out, deliver, deliver over, demit, desist, desist from, discontinue, disgorge, dispense with, dispose of, distribute, disuse, do without, drop, dump, face the music, forgo, fork over, forsake, forswear, forward, get along without, get rid of, give away, give in, give notice, give out, give over, give up, go, go along with, hand, hand in, hand out, hand over, have done with, kiss good-bye, knock under, knuckle down, knuckle under, lay down, leave, leave off, let go, live with it, make a sacrifice, nol-pros, not pursue with, not resist, obey, part with, pass, pass out, pass over, pension off, put behind one, quit, quitclaim, reach, recant, release, relent, relinquish, render, render up, renounce, renounce the throne, retire, retire from office, retract, sacrifice, spare, stand aside, stand down, step aside, stop, submit, succumb, superannuate, surrender, swallow it, swallow the pill, swear off, take, take it, terminate, throw up, transfer, turn over, turn up, vacate, waive, withdraw from, yield
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

RESIGN, v.t. To renounce an honor for an advantage. To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage. 'Twas rumored Leonard Wood had signed A true renunciation Of title, rank and every kind Of military station -- Each honorable station. By his example fired -- inclined To noble emulation, The country humbly was resigned To Leonard's resignation -- His Christian resignation. Politian Greame