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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The prime minister's abrupt resignation came ahead of a vote on a motion of censure Lafontant, a first step toward asking that Moise name a new prime minister to form a Cabinet to handle the crisis. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon,, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 The resignation comes after Reuters contacted Uber on Monday about the previously unreported investigation into accusations from anonymous whistleblowers that Hornsey had systematically dismissed internal complaints of racial discrimination. NBC News, "Uber's head of HR resigns following racial discrimination probe," 11 July 2018 The resignation comes at a critical time for Prepa, one of the largest and most troubled U.S. utilities. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018 Kelly’s resignation came too late to get signatures. Lauren Ritchie,, "Election manipulation is bad for Lake voters," 25 June 2018 Colangelo’s resignation comes a week after The Ringer’s Ben Detrick broke the story of the accounts, which were initially linked to Colangelo. Michael Mccann,, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018 The resignation from Travis Jewett's staff came one day after Tulane allowed a season-high run total in an 18-7 loss to Houston at the conference tournament. Christopher Dabe,, "MLB Draft 2018: Tulane's Grant Witherspoon picked by Tampa Bay Rays in 4th round," 5 June 2018 The resignation of the President's lead lawyer comes amid growing disagreements with Trump and increasing attacks by the President against the special counsel. Caroline Kelly And Liz Stark, CNN, "Key events in the talks between the Trump and Mueller teams," 5 June 2018 Mascari's resignation comes after he was arrested in January for driving while intoxicated in Marshall in Dane County. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Mascari resigns as Marquette University police chief," 25 May 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 \

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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