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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Recent Examples on the Web

Reasons for leaving the museum vary — resignation, retirement, termination, not passing a probation period. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "More than 20 percent of employees leave Naper Settlement in first half of 2018; CEO cites consolidation talk for turnover," 28 June 2018 Xuecheng hasn’t commented publicly on his resignation and didn’t immediately respond to queries. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Top Chinese Monk, Accused of Sexually Harassing Nuns, Quits Post," 15 Aug. 2018 Xuecheng has not commented publicly on his resignation. Fox News, "Senior Chinese monk accused of sexual misconduct quits post," 15 Aug. 2018 My colleagues Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky reported this week on the resignation of senior official Joel McElvain, who had worked for years under the Obama administration to defend the ACA in court. Washington Post, "The Health 202: The Trump administration has given Democrats a generous political gift," 14 June 2018 But there’s an exhaustion, bordering on resignation, with this Cavaliers team. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweep? Warriors won’t say it, but that’s what they want," 7 June 2018 CtW said Tesla’s board should have insisted on Jurvetson’s resignation. Bloomberg, Fortune, "5 Things to Expect at Tesla's Heated Shareholder Meeting Today," 5 June 2018 Gareth Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final after coming on as a substitute, has not shared his thoughts on Zidane's resignation., "Real Madrid Star Pay Heartfelt Tributes to Zinedine Zidane While One Is Notably Quiet," 1 June 2018 Williamson acknowledged a dispute over a messy room, but declined to comment on Hanna's resignation. Alden Woods, azcentral, "A year after parents sue over Havasupai school, little has changed for Grand Canyon tribe," 24 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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