- 1 [no object] Voluntarily leave a job or other position: he resigned from the government in protest at the policyMore example sentences
- By 1909 Einstein was recognised as a leading scientific thinker and in that year he resigned from the patent office.
- The Chancellor resigned from office and decided to leave the academy on his own.
- So, taking drastic steps, John resigned from his job and, with his one suitcase, stayed in Southampton.
- 1.1 [with object] Give up (an office, power, privilege, etc.): four deputies resigned their seatsMore example sentences
- I further call on her to present a public apology to the family, and then to resign her office.
- The Deputy is resigning his seat in the light of the Government's decision to abolish the dual mandate.
- Precisely what transpired is unknown, but he resigned all offices and spent the rest of his life in Europe, dying in Boulogne.
- 1.2 [no object] Chess End a game by conceding defeat without being checkmated: he lost his queen and resigned in 45 movesMore example sentences
- The game was over after 25 moves but he tried some tactics before resigning in 34 moves.
- Your only reasonable choices are to either make the move immediately or resign.
- He proceeded to strategically outplay his opponent in very convincing fashion, and the latter admitted after the game that he had been close to resigning after the first time scramble.
- 2 (be resigned) Accept that something undesirable cannot be avoided: he seems resigned to a shortened career she resigned herself to a lengthy sessionMore example sentences
- At the moment, it is extremely difficult to find a decent house either for rent or purchase at affordable rates and many people have resigned themselves to accepting anything called shelter.
- My husband has resigned himself to my ‘hobby’ and accepts it.
- In the summer of 1647 and again in the autumn of 1648 a majority in the two Houses, unable to see the way forward, resigned themselves to accepting such terms as the king would accept.
- 2.1 • archaic Surrender oneself to another’s guidance: he vows to resign himself to her directionMore example sentences
- She had sufficient control over herself to accept his decision without a murmur, and to resign herself to his will.
- The wife of a man born to be a leader need only resign herself to his guidance; whereas the wife of a fool, conscious of superior power, is bound to take the reins in her own hand if she would avert calamity.
- She looked once or twice at her brother in a way that made his heart ache; but she seemed to have resigned herself to his direction.
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- Well, if we take the 121 rebels, plus the 5 or 6 resigners, we're looking at some increase on that basis alone.
- Therein lies the problem for Aberdeen and every other member of the 10 ‘resigners’.
- Though he was an MP for a family borough from 1853 and in Derby's cabinet in 1866, his prickliness and rigidity made him an awkward colleague and a natural resigner.
late Middle English: from Old French resigner, from Latin resignare 'unseal, cancel', from re- 'back' + signare 'sign, seal'.