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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Pickerill's departure follows the resignation of Samantha Cohen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's private secretary. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Assistant Private Secretary Amy Pickerill Has Quit," 9 Mar. 2019 The announcement comes just two weeks after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of former DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl, who was implicated in a number of cover-ups, including that of McCarrick, who was his predecessor in that post. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Even more states have launched investigations into clerical abuse since the Pennsylvania report," 24 Oct. 2018 This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Stephen Castle,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 9 July 2018 This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Theresa May in Fight to Save Government Amid Brexit Rift," 9 July 2018 Francis had already accepted the resignation of Osorno Bishop Juan Barros, once a top aide to Chile’s most notorious predator priest. Washington Post, "2 more Chilean bishops are out as pope cleans house," 28 June 2018 Pope Francis accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2018 Haley said her resignation was simply about needing a break after six years as South Carolina governor and two at the U.N., and President Donald Trump said Haley had even previewed a desire to leave as long as six months ago. Aaron Blake, The Seattle Times, "‘Something doesn’t smell right’: The curious timing of Nikki Haley’s exit from UN post," 9 Oct. 2018 Given the seriousness of that precedent, a resignation is unlikely. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here’s why.," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of resignation

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

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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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