Definition of resignation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrezɪɡˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrezɪɡˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of giving up your job or position; the occasion when you do this a letter of resignation There were calls for her resignation from the board of directors. Further resignations are expected. The defeat led to his resignation as team manager. CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement See related entries: Unemployment
  2. 2[countable] a letter, for example to your employers, to say that you are giving up your job or position to offer/hand in/tender your resignation We haven't received his resignation yet. See related entries: Unemployment
  3. 3[uncountable] patient willingness to accept a difficult or unpleasant situation that you cannot change They accepted their defeat with resignation.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin resignatio(n-), from resignare ‘unseal, cancel’, from re- ‘back’ + signare ‘sign, seal’.Extra examples Hearing that the train was running late, he sighed in weary resignation. His resignation announcement was widely expected. Illness forced his resignation from the squad. My resignation is effective from May 1. She handed in her resignation following the dispute over company policy. She has refused to accept the resignation of her deputy. She spoke with resignation. She tendered her resignation on grounds of ill health. The accusation prompted the resignation of the cabinet minister. The protesters called for his immediate resignation. The protesters called for the immediate resignation of the minister. her resignation as party leader resignation to fate He shrugged his shoulders with a look of resignation.
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