Definition of resignation in US English:

resignation

noun

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

    ‘he announced his resignation’
    • ‘It was there that the Dutchman announced his resignation.’
    • ‘Do you expect mass resignations from the board?’
    • ‘He announced his resignation from the nomination shortly after, saying he wanted to devote all his energies to regaining his health.’
    • ‘Several high-profile resignations and retirements have hit hospitals in recent months.’
    • ‘It won't surprise you, I think, that I'm here to announce my resignation from the Shadow Cabinet and the Ministry.’
    • ‘He remained in office until his resignation in March 1971.’
    • ‘I am thankful to citizens who sent me letters of support and email after I announced my resignation in July, " he said.’
    • ‘I did say that not all ministerial resignations lead to an urgent debate.’
    • ‘The governments are worried that the instability at Eurotunnel will lead to resignations of technical and safety personnel, the newspaper claimed.’
    • ‘The sudden resignation of a director should arouse your suspicion, as should significant changes in buying patterns.’
    • ‘Other officers had announced their resignation from the committee.’
    • ‘There are record resignations and a shortage of quality replacements.’
    • ‘Has she heard from the first minister since announcing her resignation?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘They voted 34 against with 11 in favour, forcing the immediate resignation of the entire board.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sadly, he has not recovered and they regretfully announced his resignation on Monday.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It was from an old employee of the Patent Office, offering his resignation to the head of the department.’
      • ‘He has sent the authority a resignation letter signalling his intention to quit from next Monday.’
      • ‘He could not comment on when Mr Smith handed in his resignation or when it will come into effect.’
      • ‘It is expected that by the end of this week, 10,000 teachers will have submitted their resignations to the Teaching Services Commission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The agriculture and forestry minister tendered his resignation in protest of the halting of the ministry's project.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On Saturday he was told he would be suspended for seven weeks - and then faxed his resignation to headquarters.’
      • ‘Instead, he has tendered his resignation from the party.’
      • ‘An email had been received from the Councillor tendering his resignation which was accepted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two Independent Ministers will also tender their resignation, sources said.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘New analysis has now come to light on what may have been a premature resignation in game 6.’
      • ‘In chess, resignation is signaled by tipping over one's king.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘His coach shrugged his shoulders in resignation.’
    • ‘He shrugged in uncaring resignation and reclined back into a more comfortable position.’
    • ‘The actress is frequently locked into playing a stoic, good-natured sufferer with a look of passive resignation about her.’
    • ‘Annamma is no match for her husband either in stature or in qualities and accepts her lot with resignation.’
    • ‘With a shrug of resignation, the manservant slapped him lightly across the face.’
    • ‘Rather than fortitude, courage or conviction, his morality play teaches resignation, passivity and submission.’
    • ‘One could debate whether that statement reflects acceptance or simply resignation.’
    • ‘Slowly the atmosphere transforms itself into one of acceptance and resignation.’
    • ‘Maybe it's an air of resignation; most delegates realise that what they think matters very little.’
    • ‘Rebecca leaned back into his hold and shrugged with resignation.’
    • ‘The initial amazement and anger which greeted his decision has given way, in most quarters, to shrugged 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.’
    • ‘Across the Western world, commentators of various sorts have noted this growing public resignation to powerlessness.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/