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 Haitians had repeatedly taken to the streets in mass demonstrations calling for his resignation. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2021 Some of the same Baptists who opposed Mr. Litton’s election are now calling for his resignation. New York Times, 6 July 2021 At the convention Vos faced a resolution, which was handily defeated, that called for his resignation for not sufficiently defending Trump's false election claims. Reid J. Epstein New York Times, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 That triggered protests and calls for her resignation. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2021 In addition to attracting a primary challenger, Gonzalez has been censured by Ohio Republican Party leaders and faced calls for his resignation. Gabby Orr, CNN, 15 June 2021 Last year’s resulted in the ousting of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and followed calls from protestors for his resignation, citing government corruption, mismanagement of the ongoing insurgency, the Covid-19 pandemic, and a failing economy. Stephen Kafeero, Quartz, 9 June 2021 On May 23, Altman announced during a homily that the Diocese of La Crosse’s bishop, William Patrick Callahan, had asked for his resignation as pastor of St. James. Todd Richmond And David Crary, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 Republicans mostly have kept silent about Gaetz since the probe was announced, though Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has called for his resignation. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of resignation

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

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18 Jul 2021

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“Resignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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