resign

To resign is to quit or retire from a position. You can also resign yourself to something inevitable, like death — meaning you just accept that it's going to happen.

When people resign, they're leaving something, like a job or political office. Congressmen resign after a scandal. Coaches resign after a really terrible season. Regular folks simply resign when they're ready to go. In those cases, resign is a nicer way of saying quit. Being resigned is another sense of this word — it's a type of acceptance. If your team is losing 80-20, you might as well resign yourself to losing. That just means you aren't in denial.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: resign

1
v
accept as inevitable
2
v
leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: resign
1

v accept as inevitable

“He resigned himself to his fate”
Synonyms:
reconcile, submit
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true
2

v leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

“The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds”
Synonyms:
give up, renounce, vacate
Types:
abdicate, renounce
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
Type of:
leave office, quit, step down
give up or retire from a position

v give up or retire from a position

“The chairman resigned over the financial scandal”
Synonyms:
leave office, quit, step down
Antonyms:
take office
assume an office, duty, or title
Types:
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give up, renounce, vacate
leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
retire
go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
top out
give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
fall
lose office or power
superannuate
retire or become ineligible because of old age or infirmity
abdicate, renounce
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
bow out, withdraw
retire gracefully
Type of:
depart, leave, pull up stakes
remove oneself from an association with or participation in

v part with a possession or right

resign a claim to the throne”
Synonyms:
free, give up, release, relinquish
Types:
derequisition
release from government control
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
Type of:
give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of
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