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

Gandhi’s resignation represents the end of an era for the Congress party, which has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence history. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "As Rahul Gandhi resigns, India’s founding dynasty nears an end," 3 July 2019 But the triumph of Armenia’s revolution also, and perhaps primarily, came down to decisions taken on the ground during those eleven days of protest in 2018 and in the first few weeks following Sargsyan’s resignation. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 University trustees originally agreed to pay Wise $400,000 as part of her resignation agreement, but backpedaled six days later and gave her a one-year $365,000 sabbatical and a faculty position. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "13 costly personnel changes at Illinois public colleges," 1 July 2019 Urbach replaces longtime Iditarod chief executive Stan Hooley, whose resignation was announced in December. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The Iditarod has a new CEO: Rob Urbach," 29 June 2019 City officials said Jaen's resignation is separate from the criminal review and administrative review into the shooting of Arce, which are both still ongoing. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Tempe officer who killed 14-year-old Antonio Arce now wants retirement benefits," 27 June 2019 Lobbyist Chris Cox's resignation was confirmed by NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. USA TODAY, "NRA pulls the plug on NRATV live programming amid dispute with ad agency, lobbyist resignation," 27 June 2019 One of the curators of the Biennial, Rujeko Hockley, signed a staff petition demanding Kanders’s resignation. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 Sanders’s resignation plans were first reported by the New York Times. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Top border official steps down as crisis gathers momentum," 25 June 2019

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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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