Definition of resignation in English:

resignation

noun

  • 1An act of resigning from a job or office.

    ‘he announced his resignation’
    • ‘I did say that not all ministerial resignations lead to an urgent debate.’
    • ‘There are record resignations and a shortage of quality replacements.’
    • ‘Several high-profile resignations and retirements have hit hospitals in recent months.’
    • ‘I am thankful to citizens who sent me letters of support and email after I announced my resignation in July, " he said.’
    • ‘He demanded the rescinding of the pipeline project and the resignation of the president.’
    • ‘Announcing his resignation, even on the eve of an election, was the right choice.’
    • ‘The sudden resignation of a director should arouse your suspicion, as should significant changes in buying patterns.’
    • ‘Do you expect mass resignations from the board?’
    • ‘Has she heard from the first minister since announcing her resignation?’
    • ‘Sadly, he has not recovered and they regretfully announced his resignation on Monday.’
    • ‘He remained in office until his resignation in March 1971.’
    • ‘They voted 34 against with 11 in favour, forcing the immediate resignation of the entire board.’
    • ‘‘If I don't get a satisfactory response, I will be calling for details on who was responsible for this and I will be calling for resignations,’ he said.’
    • ‘Other officers had announced their resignation from the committee.’
    • ‘It won't surprise you, I think, that I'm here to announce my resignation from the Shadow Cabinet and the Ministry.’
    • ‘He announced his resignation from the nomination shortly after, saying he wanted to devote all his energies to regaining his health.’
    • ‘The governments are worried that the instability at Eurotunnel will lead to resignations of technical and safety personnel, the newspaper claimed.’
    • ‘The reporting of these two journalists eventually forced the resignation of a president.’
    • ‘The group demanded my immediate resignation, and printed my e-mail address on its Web site.’
    • ‘It was there that the Dutchman announced his resignation.’
    departure, leaving, standing down, stepping down, retirement
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    1. 1.1 A document conveying someone's intention of resigning.
      ‘I've handed in my resignation’
      • ‘He could not comment on when Mr Smith handed in his resignation or when it will come into effect.’
      • ‘He will hand in his resignation to the President on Tuesday after a scheduled cabinet meeting, officials said.’
      • ‘He has sent the authority a resignation letter signalling his intention to quit from next Monday.’
      • ‘Instead, he has tendered his resignation from the party.’
      • ‘It is expected that by the end of this week, 10,000 teachers will have submitted their resignations to the Teaching Services Commission.’
      • ‘He apparently felt that including his resignation in this document would bring the matter to a head.’
      • ‘The Commercial manager has tendered his resignation and will be leaving shortly.’
      • ‘On Saturday he was told he would be suspended for seven weeks - and then faxed his resignation to headquarters.’
      • ‘It was from an old employee of the Patent Office, offering his resignation to the head of the department.’
      • ‘Two Independent Ministers will also tender their resignation, sources said.’
      • ‘I told Janet that if I don't figure my problems out soon I will hand in my resignation.’
      • ‘The agriculture and forestry minister tendered his resignation in protest of the halting of the ministry's project.’
      • ‘He will succeeded in persuading them either to take their resignations back or will not send them to the chief minister for onward transmission to Governor for acceptance.’
      • ‘The deputy editor of the newspaper had indicated he will hand in his formal resignation this afternoon.’
      • ‘An email had been received from the Councillor tendering his resignation which was accepted.’
      • ‘If any of you feel you cannot support this program, I will receive your resignation immediately after this meeting.’
      notice, notice to quit, letter of resignation
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    2. 1.2Chess An act of ending a game by conceding defeat without being checkmated.
      • ‘In chess, resignation is signaled by tipping over one's king.’
      • ‘New analysis has now come to light on what may have been a premature resignation in game 6.’
      • ‘The computer won its match with human World Chess Champion Kasparov by causing his resignation in Game 6 after only 19 moves, after what had been an even contest to that point.’
  • 2mass noun The acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable.

    ‘a shrug of resignation’
    • ‘This doesn't seem to have come from apathy or resignation at the inevitability of this war.’
    • ‘Then with a shrug of resignation, all he could offer was a throwaway comment, ‘that's the way it is’.’
    • ‘The initial amazement and anger which greeted his decision has given way, in most quarters, to shrugged resignation.’
    • ‘Annamma is no match for her husband either in stature or in qualities and accepts her lot with resignation.’
    • ‘This short final excursion cost poor Cherub but I could see resignation and acceptance in both Belinda and Cherub upon their return.’
    • ‘He shrugged in uncaring resignation and reclined back into a more comfortable position.’
    • ‘Across the Western world, commentators of various sorts have noted this growing public resignation to powerlessness.’
    • ‘Rebecca leaned back into his hold and shrugged with resignation.’
    • ‘Slowly the atmosphere transforms itself into one of acceptance and resignation.’
    • ‘One could debate whether that statement reflects acceptance or simply resignation.’
    • ‘Rather than fortitude, courage or conviction, his morality play teaches resignation, passivity and submission.’
    • ‘With a shrug of resignation, the manservant slapped him lightly across the face.’
    • ‘His final illness was accepted with resignation, courage and good humour.’
    • ‘‘But we're never going to do something that everybody likes,’ adds his wife, with a shrug of resignation.’
    • ‘She received this news with a combination of acceptance and sorrowful resignation.’
    • ‘I did see something cross his face, but he went back to his usual look of resignation when I corrected him.’
    • ‘His coach shrugged his shoulders in resignation.’
    • ‘Maybe it's an air of resignation; most delegates realise that what they think matters very little.’
    • ‘The actress is frequently locked into playing a stoic, good-natured sufferer with a look of passive resignation about her.’
    patience, forbearance, tolerance, stoicism, endurance, fortitude, sufferance, lack of protest, lack of complaint, acceptance of the inevitable, fatalism, acceptance, acquiescence, compliance, passivity, passiveness, non-resistance, submission, docility, phlegm
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin resignatio(n-), from resignare ‘unseal, cancel’ (see resign).

Pronunciation

resignation

/rɛzɪɡˈneɪʃ(ə)n/