sev·​er·​ance | \ ˈsev-rən(t)s How to pronounce severance (audio) , ˈse-və-\

Definition of severance

: the act or process of severing : the state of being severed

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According to a source, those who want to receive severance payments will be asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, and Clarity Media told staffers to leave TWS’s offices by 5 pm Friday. Jane Coaston, Vox, "The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, is officially shutting down," 14 Dec. 2018 After 15 years at Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, he was let go from with a $10 million severance package. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg's Net Worth Ranks Him Among the World's Top Billionaires," 26 Jan. 2019 That’s because doing things like guaranteeing a minimum salary across the board or offering generous severance packages can be viewed as taking cash out of business operations. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 Eligible employees affected by store closings will receive severance and have the chance to apply for open jobs at other Kmart or Sears stores in the area. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Sears and Kmart Are Closing 63 More Stores Across the Country," 31 May 2018 The company said eligible employees affected by store closings will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply to work at stores that will remain open. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Sears to close sole Indianapolis location," 31 May 2018 Several employees have reportedly already received severance and parted ways with the company. Emily Price, Fortune, "Google Might Be Buying This Camera Tech Maker for $40 Million," 21 Mar. 2018 Affected workers can apply for a job with the third-party IT company, or receive a severance. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Academy Sports + Outdoors lays off 140 IT workers," 1 Feb. 2018 According to the statement, eligible employees working at these stores will receive severance and be given the opportunity to apply for open positions at nearby Kmart or Sears stores., "Cincinnati-area Sears among growing list of stores closing nationwide," 4 Jan. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of severance

: the act of ending someone's employment
: the act of ending a relationship, connection, etc.

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