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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Burgess said both Straughter and Wiszowaty, who are back to work for the time being following the mayor’s veto of the board’s actions, would receive a severance package if the board ends up terminating their employment. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "New Sauk Village board plans to override mayor's veto of its probe of his hires, trustee says," 6 June 2019 More details on severance and other benefits will be disclosed at a company meeting June 12. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Dozens will lose jobs when Dean Foods closes its plant amid milk crisis," 1 June 2018 The company’s adjusted net loss, excluding severance and other items, was $14.5 million in last year’s initial quarter. Mark Glover, sacbee, "McClatchy digital ad revenue exceeds print earnings for first time. Company reports Q1 loss | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Lyons reportedly walked away from J.Crew with $1 million in severance, giving her the opportunity to develop her next phase in her own time. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Jenna Lyons Is Returning to the Style World With a New Reality Show," 9 Oct. 2018 The company is locked in a legal dispute with Mr. Moonves over a $120 million severance package the board decided not to pay him after conducting an investigation into the harassment allegations. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "CBS Gets Ready to Press for New NFL Deal," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of severance

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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