resignation

noun

res·​ig·​na·​tion ˌre-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce resignation (audio)
1
a
: 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 Ramsey also noted that there will be positions available within the district, and vacancies are expected to come about in the spring through retirements and resignations for those who want to remain within the district. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Feb. 2024 Two decades later, a unanimous court ordered that Richard Nixon had to hand over materials related to the Watergate investigation, precipitating his resignation. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 His resignation follows mounting pressure from opposition lawmakers, activists and health groups for him to be removed and for a transparent investigation to be held into the scandal. Bharatha Mallawarachi, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 In an email to staff Friday, obtained by CNN, WWE President Nick Khan said simply that McMahon tendered his resignation from his executive chairmanship and board member positions. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The amendment provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation. Thomas Doherty, The Conversation, 1 Feb. 2024 People had looks of total resignation and abject despair. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 30 Jan. 2024 Her story and the resignation of Casey merited a brief blurb in The Times in 1992, but the paper never mentioned her again. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 The Facebook billionaire held a virtual event on Friday supporting Lessin, who has called for major reform at Harvard – including the resignation of Penny Pritzker, who leads the powerful Harvard Corporation. Matt Egan, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of resignation was in the 14th century

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“Resignation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resignation. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

resignation

noun
res·​ig·​na·​tion ˌrez-ig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce resignation (audio)
1
a
: an act of resigning
b
: a formal notice of this act
2
: the quality or the feeling of a person who is resigned
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