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 for resign
From 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.]
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     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.
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              I here resign my government to thee.  --Shak.
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              Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign
              What justly thou hast lost.           --Milton.
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              What more reasonable, than that we should in all
              things resign up ourselves to the will of God?
                                                    --Tiilotson.
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     2. To relinquish; to abandon.
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              He soon resigned his former suit.     --Spenser.
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     3. To commit to the care of; to consign. [Obs.]
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              Gentlement of quality have been sent beyong the
              seas, resigned and concredited to the conduct of
              such as they call governors.          --Evelyn.
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     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.
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From 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.
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From 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]

From 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
  
  

From 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
  

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