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 On Thursday night, Imperial posted on its Facebook page that the owners have accepted Jeff King's resignation as operations manager. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Co-owner of Ferndale's Imperial restaurant steps down amid social media accusations," 3 July 2020 Nationally, the board of labor giant AFL-CIO called last month for the resignation of Kroll and supported the Seattle group. Casey Tolan, Nelli Black And Drew Griffin, CNN, "Police unions have helped shield officers from accountability. Now they're facing unprecedented backlash," 2 July 2020 Hachalu was a key figure in the 2015 protest movements that let to major political reforms in Ethiopia in 2018: his songs became the anthems for the protests that resulted in the resignation of Ethiopian Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn in 2018. Mélissa Godin, Time, "81 People Killed During Protests Over Murder Of Ethiopian Musician," 2 July 2020 Their three years of bloody street demonstrations forced the unprecedented resignation of the previous prime minister and the appointment of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018. NBC News, "Dozens killed in Ethiopia protests over singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa's death," 1 July 2020 Jansa’s coalition government took office in March after the resignation of his liberal predecessor., "EU formalizes reopening, barring travelers from US," 1 July 2020 Commissioner Tommy Calvert took the occasion to express alarm over the resignation last week of Dawn Emerick, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County commissioner says ‘government has failed’ in pandemic response," 30 June 2020 Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers submitted his resignation letter to the city clerk on Saturday, news outlets reported. Houston Chronicle, "Alabama mayor resigns after post on Crimson Tide's BLM video," 29 June 2020 Her resignation letter thanked Mann for the opportunity. Sharon Coolidge,, "After David Mann walked out of hearing, two of his Cincinnati City Council staffers quit," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of resignation

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

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5 Jul 2020

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“Resignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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