Meaning of “resignation” in the English Dictionary

"resignation" in British English

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resignationnoun

uk /ˌrez.ɪɡˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌrez.ɪɡˈneɪ.ʃən/

resignation noun (JOB)

C2 [ C or U ] the act of telling your employer that you are leaving your job:

There have been calls for his resignation.
I handed in/gave in/sent in my resignation this morning.

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  • Her resignation came as quite a shock.
  • The book discusses his illness and subsequent resignation from the government.
  • There is no truth in the reports of his resignation.
  • We must take action to stem the tide of resignations.
  • A series of apparently unconnected events led to his resignation.

(Definition of “resignation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"resignation" in American English

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resignationnoun

us /ˌrez·ɪɡˈneɪ·ʃən/

resignation noun (LEAVING POSITION)

[ C/U ] the act of leaving a job or position and making a statement that you are doing this:

[ U ] a letter of resignation
[ C ] Protesters took to the streets in massive numbers to demand the president's resignation.

resignation noun (ACCEPTING DIFFICULTY)

[ U ] the attitude of accepting something unpleasant because you cannot change it:

She received the disappointing news with resignation.

(Definition of “resignation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"resignation" in Business English

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resignationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌrezɪɡˈneɪʃən/ us

HR, WORKPLACE the act of telling your employer that you have decided to leave your job:

give in/hand in/offer your resignation I resolved to hand in my resignation on Tuesday.
accept sb's resignation If you say you're leaving, I won't accept your resignation.
The cuts triggered a wave of resignations.
a resignation letter/letter of resignation

[ U ] the feeling of having to accept something that you do not like because you cannot easily change it:

An experienced investor would accept these minor disappointments with resignation.

(Definition of “resignation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)