res·​ig·​na·​tion | \ ˌre-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce resignation (audio) \

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 An embarrassed Chase offered Lincoln his resignation, which the president declined. Calvin Schermerhorn, The Conversation, "1864 elections went on during the Civil War – even though Lincoln thought it would be a disaster for himself and the Republican Party," 6 Aug. 2020 Three Tucson police officers resigned and Chief Chris Magnus offered his resignation after the death came to light in June. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Lawyers seek $19 million in damages for daughter of man who died in Tucson police custody," 5 Aug. 2020 The news of Region 2B Director Rich Rankin's resignation, which was effective immediately, as both regional director and a UAW employee was announced in a joint statement from the UAW and Rankin on Tuesday afternoon. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ohio UAW director accused of harassment resigns, avoiding union trial," 4 Aug. 2020 Sahm concluded her blog post by announcing her resignation from the field of economics. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Former Fed economist blasts her profession as racist, sexist, elitist," 30 July 2020 Consider this my resignation from ignorance, and my declaration as an ally in action. Robyn Merrett,, "Liza Koshy Apologizes After Being Accused of Racism for Pretending to Speak Japanese in 2016 Video," 29 June 2020 The killing of the 27-year-old black man in an encounter with two white officers late Friday rekindled fiery protests in Atlanta and prompted the police chief’s resignation. Brynn Anderson, The Denver Post, "“Stop fighting!” Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly.," 14 June 2020 Pitt did not return an email and voicemail on Monday inquiring about his resignation from the position, which paid $120,000 a year. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Steve Pitt, top adviser to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, resigns," 8 June 2020 Several other Republicans have called for her resignation, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, and Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Texas Republicans call on county chairwoman to resign after saying George Floyd death was staged," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of resignation

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

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10 Aug 2020

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“Resignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


res·​ig·​na·​tion | \ ˌre-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce resignation (audio) \

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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