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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Officials say severance packages will be offered to the fewer than 40 plant employees. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The food maker expects to record about $35 million in pretax charges related to the move, including roughly $20 million in severance and other employee-termination benefits. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Kellogg Plans Job Cuts Amid North America Reorganization," 18 June 2019 In many ways, a college’s closure plays out like a business liquidation—the employees get their severance packages, the property goes on the market, the customers are told to move on. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 The benefits of unionization, which guarantees severance and annual pay raises, have only become more obvious during the series of layoffs in recent months. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "BuzzFeed journalists just walked off the job in 4 cities. Here’s why.," 17 June 2019 But many in the game industry relayed shock and dismay that the shell of Telltale was effectively looking to outsource the conclusion of the long-running series after letting its creators go with no warning or severance. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Telltale plans to finish The Walking Dead despite mass layoffs," 25 Sep. 2018 Healey’s staff is also seeking information about the recruitment and selection of trustees and about Brown’s compensation, including his contract and any severance or separation agreements, documents show. Laura Krantz,, "Healey requests Mount Ida internal documents," 1 June 2018 In November 2003, Lindsey signed the deed of the home over to a relocation company SBC had hired to handle her move and severance. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Scott Pruitt before the EPA: Fancy homes, a shell company and friends with money," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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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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