severance

noun
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

Examples of severance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armstrong said last month that Coinbase employees would be barred from advocating for any causes or candidates and offered severance packages to those who refused. Priya Anand, Bloomberg.com, "Expensify CEO Emails 10 Million Customers Urging Them to Vote for Biden," 23 Oct. 2020 And the bank reported $718 million of restructuring charges, mostly because of severance packages paid to laid off workers. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wells Fargo is still in turmoil as profits plunge and customer refunds linger," 14 Oct. 2020 Disney officials said the company would provide severance packages for the employees, where appropriate, and also offer other services to help workers with job placement. Mike Schneider, chicagotribune.com, "Disney to layoff thousands at the ‘happiest place on Earth’," 30 Sep. 2020 Disney officials said the company would provide severance packages for the employees, where appropriate, and also offer other services to help workers with job placement. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Disney to lay off 28,000 mostly part-time employees at theme parks in California and Florida," 30 Sep. 2020 Disney officials said the company would provide severance packages for the employees, where appropriate, and also offer other services to help workers with job placement. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida," 30 Sep. 2020 The severance deal with Tennessee at the time of his 2017 firing was to pay him $8.2 million in monthly installments through February 2021. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Butch Jones still operating outside spotlight as special assistant to Saban," 21 Oct. 2020 Those who cannot find another position will be given a severance package and outplacement services. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "CVS Health to cut jobs at Aetna in Hartford as it absorbs health insurer and consolidates operations," 7 Oct. 2020 Falwell will receive severance compensation dictated by the terms of his contract, the university said. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Jerry Falwell Jr. officially resigns as Liberty University president, university confirms," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of severance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2020

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“Severance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/severance. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for severance

severance

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of severance

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

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