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.

Definitions of resign
  1. verb
    accept as inevitable
    “He resigned himself to his fate”
    synonyms: reconcile, submit
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    type of:
    accept
    consider or hold as true
  2. verb
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    “The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds”
    synonyms: give up, renounce, vacate
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    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
  3. verb
    give up or retire from a position
    “The chairman resigned over the financial scandal”
    synonyms: leave office, quit, step down
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    Antonyms:
    take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
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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
  4. verb
    part with a possession or right
    resign a claim to the throne”
    synonyms: free, give up, release, relinquish
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    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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