from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of resigning.
  • noun An oral or written statement that one is resigning a position or office.
  • noun Unresisting acceptance of something as inescapable; submission.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, office, place, or possession.
  • noun The state of being resigned or submissive; unresisting acquiescence; particularly, quiet submission to the will of Providence; contented submission.
  • noun In Scots law, the form by which a vassal returns the feu into the hands of a superior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, possession, office, or the like; surrender.
  • noun The state of being resigned or submissive; quiet or patient submission; unresisting acquiescence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of resigning
  • noun a written or oral declaration that one resigns
  • noun state of uncomplaining, utter frustration

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun acceptance of despair
  • noun a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign
  • noun the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)


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