v. re·signed, re·sign·ing, re·signs
1. To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line.
2. To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
3. To relinquish (a privilege, right, or claim). See Synonyms at relinquish.
To give up one's job or office; quit, especially by formal notification: resign from a board of directors.
[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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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