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as in: submitted her resignation Define
to quit -- especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
  • I know you’re unhappy there, but don’t submit your resignation until you find a better job.
  • She said that if I don’t resign, I will be fired.

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    Groucho Marx
  • Therefore I will go immediately and carry my resignation to the king.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • When the Blood Shrike heard about the attack plans, he tried to resign his post.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • None of these men were enervated by wealth or hesitated to resign the pleasures of life; none of them put off the evil day in the hope, natural to poverty, that a man, though poor, may one day become rich.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • I don’t know what I expected him to have, but I was fantasizing that maybe it was his resignation letter.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Therefore I wrote to Piedmont, offered my resignation for the following June, and offered to help find a replacement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • An Iowa officer who had risen from the ranks during three years of service while his father and younger sister had died and his brother was missing in action after the battle of Atlanta wrote to his distraught mother in September, 1864, that he could not resign his commission and come home while the war’s outcome remained in doubt.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • ...he furiously resigned as president-elect of the Virginia chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution,
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Ever since the House of Hades, when he’d resigned his praetorship, ambrosia and nectar didn’t taste like his favorite foods from Camp Jupiter.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • He felt so ashamed of himself that he went to Wood and offered to resign from the Quidditch team.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • I have resign’d to you my charge.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned from office, then the revolution is accomplished.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • I won’t resign, and if you do fire me I think I’ll take it to the courts,
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • So why did you resign from the police force?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "I’m afraid I have no option," he said, "but to ask for your resignation."
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Mussolini has resigned and the King of Italy has taken over the government.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army...
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Blanche: You thought I’d been fired?
    Stella: No, I - thought you might have - resigned
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • About one-third of the junior class are going to resign from their clubs.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She would tell Gates that if he didn’t reinstate Lucy Friedman she would resign.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I gave in and sent a letter three days ago with my resignation.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I am resigning my commission in the State Militia.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • the American president Richard Nixon had resigned over a scandal.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He hoped she would resign. He could not face the thought of having to fire her.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • So he resigned the presidency of the Golden Fleece Debating Society,
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • A very distinguished officer had committed suicide, another had suddenly resigned,
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • And he said you’d resigned.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • You resigned as publisher, you left the editorial staff and the board, and you went to live in the woods.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "If you resign," said Harry testily, "there’ll only be three players left on the team."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Soon afterward, he resigned from the pancake company and took a job as a cruise director in Miami.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • first year at West Point—that year during which no cadet can resign and from which none ever recovers
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And when, just after the noonday dinner, the goodwife gave him a basket of kittens to drown, he did resign.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I shall resign my office...
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He resigned as Attorney General to become counsel and vice-president for the American Electric Power Company,
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • who expects shortly to resign his pulpit
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • The very next day he resigned from the clinic,
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Won’t you stand by Fern, and threaten to resign from the board if they try to discharge her?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Since resigning from the staff of Celebrity, Bryan found her work load hadn’t eased.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • When I had decided to resign, it had indeed given me a measure of peace,
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • I’m resigning from the hero business.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • What you are doing is forcing me to resign.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • If you pull me, I will take leave and pursue the case on personal time. If necessary, I will resign.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • ...had even considered one restless night the advisability of resigning and letting someone who had not lost face take over the responsibility.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • ...called today for Mr. Weasley’s resignation.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "I refuse to accept your resignation, Hagrid, and I expect you back at work on Monday," he said.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Following the resignation of the previous Muggle Studies teacher, Alecto Carrow will take over the post...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The whole Wizarding community has been screaming for my resignation for a fortnight.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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as in: accepted it with resignation Define
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
  • It wasn’t her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
  • She was resigned to being embarrassed by her younger brother.

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  • As the year passed, often as not recess would find her with the girls under the tree, sitting in the middle of the crowd, resigned to her fate, but watching the boys play their seasonal games in the schoolyard.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • All the cows were lined up, packed in their stalls, staring at us mutely as we walked by, with that same look in their eyes, fear and resignation and something else.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He picks up a stack of papers, which I assume are handouts on rules and procedures, with a measured amount of boredom and resignation.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Mary, meanwhile, still looked dazed and resigned to a silent, unflinching suffering.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She went sad, resigned.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Sitting there, listening to Larry tell me these wretched things with such straightforward resignation and equanimity, I tried to still the turmoil in my brain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then there are the ones who have not resigned themselves, who still try for an effect of glamour.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Who started it?" asked Atticus, in resignation.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • Ron sighed as though resigned to the worst
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It was evident to everyone that he was resigned to his fate.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it—a very promising step of the mind on its way to resignation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The kind of submission or resignation that he showed was that of a man who was tired out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She resigned herself to waiting until the rain stopped and...
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She’d sighed, resigned. "Once you make up your mind, there is no reasoning with you."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Beatrice’s face had become a mask of grim resignation.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • She had become resigned to her daughters’ odd and willful ways.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She seemed to swing between worry and fatalistic resignation.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Will I let her fall to her death, or will I resign myself to being factionless?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Their figures are bent, their faces full of grief, despair, haste, and resignation.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • And so Laila has resigned herself to moving on.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Then he stood straight, but with a kind of quiet resignation,
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Resigned to his fate, he gazed into the bear’s eyes...
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "You thought he was cute," said Simon, sounding resigned.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Warming himself ever so briefly had shaken away the lethargy and resignation and restored his will to survive.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Tashi didn’t want to do it, but to make her people feel better, she’s resigned.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Vile earth, to earth resign; end motion here;
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • She looked him in the eye and Arthur thought he detected the tiniest resigned shrug.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "Yes, to another world," replied the minister with pious resignation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "But we can’t give up." Thomas said it in a matter-of-fact tone, as a resigned repeat of what Minho had said a moment earlier.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Flavius badly wants to use his own trademark purple lipstick on me but resigns himself to a pink as they begin to color my face and nails.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Eddie noticed the resigned look on the Blue Man’s face.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • This is the way he insists on wearing his shirts now, with the collar buttoned, which makes him look both boyish and frail, resigned to old age.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • My mother cried when she kissed her sons goodbye, but she was resigned.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • But then she seems to resign, to throw her hands up in surrender.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • As she buried one child after another her sorrow gave way ... to grim resignation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I turned around with elaborate resignation.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I resigned myself thenceforward to despair.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • ...she expired in his arms, resigning her precious soul into the hands of Almighty God.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But Baba sensed my lack of genuine interest and resigned himself to the bleak fact that his son was never going to either play or watch soccer.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • August settled herself beside me on the swing, resigned.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Some carried themselves with a sort of wistful resignation, others with pride or stiff soldierly discipline or good humor or macho zeal.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • In time she grew resigned to this.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Her dad shrugged with resignation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Yossarian stepped out of the way with resignation finally when he saw it was hopeless to try to reason with him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Harry knew, by the fact that Fleur showed no sign of surprise, but rather a determined resignation, that he had been right:
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Resigning himself to a miserable day, he...
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • MRS. PEARCE [only half resigned to it] Very well, sir. It’s for you to say.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • "Well, nothing in the world would surprise me now," said Mr. Hardman with quiet resignation.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
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  • She resigned herself to the inevitable.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Despite all that, her father had added with a resigned smile, man never gave the mountains much credit in shaping his affairs.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well

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  • I resigned myself to running all the way to Waterloo Bridge, though Emma had no shoes, and the potion had made me queasy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • "Er ." He sounded resigned.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "Raphael," Simon said in a resigned voice.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • This time, they’re not resigning the game.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • "I haven’t quite resigned myself to staying here just yet," I say.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • "I’m just wondering if it’s a good thing to resign yourself quite this much to small steps when you could take some big ones."
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • It seemed that she was resigned to always bear the brunt of other people’s problems.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Oh, they’d never been all that close, and she’d long resigned herself to the fact that they probably never would be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me

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  • The hares on the down, stupid and torpid with cold, were resigned to sinking further and further into the freezing heart of snow and silence.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • She had resigned herself to die a spinster.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Resigned, Eddard Stark put his boots into his horse and set off after the king.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • But Lord Stannis would not think to come to him, so the maester resigned himself to the ordeal.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Resigned, he grabbed the quill and signed.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Resigned, he keeps watch and continues to listen.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Bella could figure out what she was saying just by the resignation in her voice.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Instead he saw resignation, maybe even sadness, underlined by a weariness that made her look older than she really was.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Alistair sighed with great resignation and extended his hand as if he were about to touch something washed ashore and rotting.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • PoorYoga Janet was a vegetarian and resigned herself to a subsistence diet most of the time.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He looked at me worriedly before sighing in resignation.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I enter the station alone, resigned to the fact that I’ll be cooking alone today, and as soon as that thought occurs to me, Sarah walks in.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "All right," he said in a resigned tone.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I was his personal secretary for almost a year before he resigned, and then we got married about a year after that.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He tousled her mane affectionately, and she gave a resigned whimper and curled herself at his feet.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Molly looks over at Terry, who is shaking her head with grim resignation.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He said he would probably resign his commission to some younger man.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Gustav, my top assistant, left an unexpected letter of resignation for me just yesterday.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • The next day I asked to see the nurse again, and they told me she’d quit a few weeks before, that she’d resigned and moved away somewhere.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Resigned he passed out with grave words and gait, saying, wellnigh with sorrow: —And going forth he met Butterly.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Besides, my boy, he has a wife—not three voyages wedded—a sweet, resigned girl.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I am sure there is a future state; I believe God is good; I can resign my immortal part to Him without any misgiving.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He said no more, but expressed his resignation to cruel fate by a gesture.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "No, I’m not a member now; I’ve resigned," answered Levin, "and I no longer attend the meetings."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • ’I trust, sir,’ rejoined Mrs. Sparsit, with decent resignation, ’it is not necessary that you should do anything of that kind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • MRS. PEARCE [resigning herself] Serve you right, Mr. Higgins.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Holmes leaned back in his chair, placed his finger-tips together, and closed his eyes, with an air of resignation.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "What happened to him?" asked the owner, with an air of considerable resignation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dantes gazed on the man who could thus philosophically resign hopes so long and ardently nourished with an astonishment mingled with admiration.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She took no notice of her sister’s remark, but threw back her capstrings and dispensed the pudding, in mute resignation.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "I was eleven last March," said Anne, resigning herself to bald facts with a little sigh.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • And Martin resigned from the fraternity with him, planned to room with him the coming autumn.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The face was wind-browned, cut by lines of weariness and cynical resignation; the eyes were intelligent.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Then he received a letter consisting of a single sentence which informed him that Mr. Mouch was resigning from his employ.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Larkin’s smile became resigned, to indicate that the remark was merely philosophical.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Dagny was thirty-two years old, when she told James Taggart that she would resign.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He went so far as to threaten us with his resignation unless you were expelled.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She was a meek little old lady with white hair, trembling hands and a face one could never remember, quiet, resigned and gently hopeless.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The dead is to the living love resign’d; And all Aeneas enters in her mind.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • O sacred pow’r, what pow’r soe’er thou art, To thy blest orders I resign my heart.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
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