resignation

noun
res·​ig·​na·​tion | \ˌre-zig-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of resignation 

1a : an act or instance of resigning something : surrender

b : a formal notification of resigning

2 : the quality or state of being resigned : submissiveness

Examples of resignation in a Sentence

The chairman accepted their resignations. The manager received resignations from three members of the staff. We accepted the news with resignation.
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Recent Examples on the Web

His statements led to several boycotts, at least one resignation, and widespread outrage, even from people like Halsey, who performed in the show. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Had Its Lowest Ratings Ever," 3 Dec. 2018 World Patent Marketing, and its ties to Mr. Whitaker, have been in the spotlight this month since President Trump appointed Mr. Whitaker to lead the Justice Department after requesting Jeff Sessions’ resignation. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "Matthew Whitaker Knew of Fraud Allegations at Company He Advised," 30 Nov. 2018 The shredding of evidence relating to the case days later prompted the resignation of Germany's domestic intelligence chief and accusations of an official cover-up from victims' families. Fox News, "German suspect in neo-Nazi trial denies role in 10 killings," 4 July 2018 The shredding of evidence relating to the case days later prompted the resignation of Germany’s domestic intelligence chief and accusations of an official cover-up from victims’ families. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "German suspect in neo-Nazi trial denies role in 10 killings," 3 July 2018 The shredding of evidence relating to the case days later prompted the resignation of Germany's domestic intelligence chief and accusations of an official cover-up from victims' families. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "German suspect in neo-Nazi trial denies role in 10 killings," 3 July 2018 Many months after multiple scandals prompted the resignations of several lawmakers, a group of state legislators has proposed a new way to handle harassment and workplace complaints at California’s Capitol. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "California legislators propose new way to handle harassment complaints in Capitol," 15 June 2018 The Scott administration takes the position that the governor’s acceptance of a judicial resignation before the start of an election-qualifying period creates a vacancy that will be filled by appointment, rather than election. Jim Saunders, miamiherald, "Should this judicial vacancy be filled by election or appointment? A court steps in.," 12 June 2018 His employment contract likely contains language that contemplates the impact of a resignation and the extent to which the team and owner Josh Harris may owe him any money going forward. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of resignation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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resignation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resignation

: an act of giving up a job or position in a formal or official way

: a letter which states that a person has given up a job or position

: the feeling that something unpleasant is going to happen and cannot be changed

resignation

noun
res·​ig·​na·​tion | \ˌre-zig-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of resignation

1 : an act of giving something up formally or officially

2 : a letter or written statement that gives notice of giving something up I've handed in my resignation.

3 : the feeling of a person who is prepared to accept something unpleasant

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