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

Some 160,000 people are eligible to vote by post to determine which of two candidates will replace Theresa May as party leader (and hence prime minister) in the wake of her resignation earlier this month. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Fewer than 160,000 people will select the next UK prime minister. Who are they?," 19 June 2019 Hopkins submitted his letter of resignation on March 12. Maia Anderson,, "Springboro parent: 'I would be very happy if he was put in prison'," 19 June 2019 Some democracy activists are quietly nervous about the possibility of a resignation by Lam, a lifelong civil servant, because her political heir apparent, Paul Chan, has a reputation for being even more strongly pro-Beijing. Keith Bradsher,, "Hong Kong’s leader publicly apologizes for extradition bill," 18 June 2019 Oracle Park was mostly full and loud over Father's Day weekend, at least momentarily shedding a ghostly feel and sense of resignation that have filled the place. Henry Schulman,, "Giants fail to complete sweep of Brewers in finale of winning homestand," 16 June 2019 Craddock, a longtime engineer in the city's Department of Public Utilities, submitted a short letter of resignation the morning of the shooting. David Shortell, CNN, "Virginia Beach shooter appeared to target supervisors in his department," 5 June 2019 At times, she would be gripped by paroxysms of desperation, at times by fits of resignation, which would then give way to even more violent forms of desperation. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 What could possibly have caused such a strange pattern of resignations in this parallel universe? Quanta Magazine, "The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight," 17 Apr. 2019 Court posted his letter of resignation on Twitter on Tuesday. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Maryland takes responsibility for mistakes in player death," 14 Aug. 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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to take the place or position of

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