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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wolf-Dieter Wolf, chairman of the board at RBB, who has been linked with some of the accusations leveled at Schlesinger, also tendered his resignation on Sunday. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2022 The Framingham Democrat suddenly tendered her resignation from the Massachusetts House two weekends ago. Globe Staff,, 25 July 2022 Draghi tendered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella during a morning meeting at the Quirinale Palace. Nicole Winfleld, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Draghi tendered his resignation as Italy’s prime minister after his coalition collapsed due to differences over how to respond to the fallout of the war in Ukraine, leaving the eurozone’s third-largest economy in political crisis. WSJ, 15 July 2022 Italy's brittle coalition government looked to have been shattered after Prime Minister Mario Draghi tendered his resignation Thursday. Ben Evansky, Fox News, 15 July 2022 Shortly after his arrival, Abeywardenena, the Parliament speaker, announced that Rajapaksa had tendered his resignation. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 15 July 2022 Black tendered his resignation to Hyde Park Mayor Bryan Cox and North Logan Mayor Lyndsay Peterson on July 7. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2022 The last time was in September, when Pradip Kamat tendered his resignation for undisclosed reasons after being elected in November 2019. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resignation

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

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“Resignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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