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

But a resignation or dismissal from a high-profile job, for example, is not the sole option. Esther Perel, Glamour, "One Crazy Idea to Empower Women? Focus on Men," 12 Dec. 2018 Trump’s legal team has been in flux over the last several months, amid John Dowd’s resignation. John Roberts, Fox News, "Ty Cobb to leave Trump's legal team, be replaced by Clinton impeachment lawyer," 2 Oct. 2018 The news was first confirmed by President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday, April 7, and Nielsen also tweeted her resignation letter later the same day. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Kirstjen Nielsen’s Departure From DHS Could Signal “Tougher,” Stephen Miller–Inspired Immigration Policies," 8 Apr. 2019 The clock is ticking, though, because Faraday Future is in fact on the brink of insolvency, just as co-founder Nick Sampson recently said in his resignation letter. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future says its main investor is ‘deliberately starving’ it into bankruptcy," 9 Nov. 2018 Johnson was due to make a statement on Brexit policy Monday afternoon, but instead submitted his resignation. Renae Reints, Fortune, "U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Resigns Among Others in Brexit Upset," 9 July 2018 On Thursday, President Trump tweeted that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt had submitted his resignation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump tweet: EPA head Scott Pruitt is resigning," 5 July 2018 On Thursday, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A., submitted his resignation after facing 13 federal investigations into his ethics, spending and management practices. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan," 5 July 2018 Borji, who had worked at the university since January 2016, had submitted his resignation effective July 1 prior to his arrest. Michael Williams,, "UCF professor accused of stalking student: 'Be happy that somebody likes you this much to stalk you'," 29 June 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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