Definition of resignation in English:

resignation

noun

  • 1An act of retiring or giving up a position.

    ‘he announced his resignation’
    • ‘Do you expect mass resignations from the board?’
    • ‘The sudden resignation of a director should arouse your suspicion, as should significant changes in buying patterns.’
    • ‘Several high-profile resignations and retirements have hit hospitals in recent months.’
    • ‘Other officers had announced their resignation from the committee.’
    • ‘The reporting of these two journalists eventually forced the resignation of a president.’
    • ‘He announced his resignation from the nomination shortly after, saying he wanted to devote all his energies to regaining his health.’
    • ‘Has she heard from the first minister since announcing her resignation?’
    • ‘It won't surprise you, I think, that I'm here to announce my resignation from the Shadow Cabinet and the Ministry.’
    • ‘They voted 34 against with 11 in favour, forcing the immediate resignation of the entire board.’
    • ‘Announcing his resignation, even on the eve of an election, was the right choice.’
    • ‘I did say that not all ministerial resignations lead to an urgent debate.’
    • ‘He demanded the rescinding of the pipeline project and the resignation of the president.’
    • ‘He remained in office until his resignation in March 1971.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Sadly, he has not recovered and they regretfully announced his resignation on Monday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The governments are worried that the instability at Eurotunnel will lead to resignations of technical and safety personnel, the newspaper claimed.’
    • ‘I am thankful to citizens who sent me letters of support and email after I announced my resignation in July, " he said.’
    • ‘There are record resignations and a shortage of quality replacements.’
    departure, leaving, standing down, stepping down, retirement
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    1. 1.1 A document conveying someone's intention of retiring.
      ‘I'm thinking of handing in my resignation’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The deputy editor of the newspaper had indicated he will hand in his formal resignation this afternoon.’
      • ‘I told Janet that if I don't figure my problems out soon I will hand in my resignation.’
      • ‘It was from an old employee of the Patent Office, offering his resignation to the head of the department.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He could not comment on when Mr Smith handed in his resignation or when it will come into effect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The agriculture and forestry minister tendered his resignation in protest of the halting of the ministry's project.’
      • ‘Instead, he has tendered his resignation from the party.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two Independent Ministers will also tender their resignation, sources said.’
      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.’
  • 2The acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable.

    ‘a shrug of resignation’
    • ‘Maybe it's an air of resignation; most delegates realise that what they think matters very little.’
    • ‘Rather than fortitude, courage or conviction, his morality play teaches resignation, passivity and submission.’
    • ‘Across the Western world, commentators of various sorts have noted this growing public resignation to powerlessness.’
    • ‘With a shrug of resignation, the manservant slapped him lightly across the face.’
    • ‘Rebecca leaned back into his hold and shrugged with resignation.’
    • ‘Slowly the atmosphere transforms itself into one of acceptance and resignation.’
    • ‘The actress is frequently locked into playing a stoic, good-natured sufferer with a look of passive resignation about her.’
    • ‘Then with a shrug of resignation, all he could offer was a throwaway comment, ‘that's the way it is’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This short final excursion cost poor Cherub but I could see resignation and acceptance in both Belinda and Cherub upon their return.’
    • ‘Annamma is no match for her husband either in stature or in qualities and accepts her lot with resignation.’
    • ‘The initial amazement and anger which greeted his decision has given way, in most quarters, to shrugged resignation.’
    • ‘He shrugged in uncaring resignation and reclined back into a more comfortable position.’
    • ‘This doesn't seem to have come from apathy or resignation at the inevitability of this war.’
    • ‘One could debate whether that statement reflects acceptance or simply resignation.’
    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

/ˌrɛzəɡˈneɪʃ(ə)n//ˌrezəɡˈnāSH(ə)n/