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1. The act or an instance of resigning: We expect her resignation any day now.
2. An oral or written statement that one is resigning a position or office: submitted his resignation.
3. Unresisting acceptance of something as inescapable; submission: shrugged with resignation.
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1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) the act of resigning
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a formal document stating one's intention to resign
3. a submissive unresisting attitude; passive acquiescence
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(ˌrɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən)

1. the act of resigning.
2. a formal statement, document, etc., stating that one gives up an office or position.
3. an accepting, unresisting attitude, state, etc.
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give her the bells and let her fly To acquiesce to the inevitable, regardless of cost; to acknowledge reality or failure before risking further loss; to make the best of an unalterable situation. This expression originated in the sport of falconry, in which a worthless bird was released without bothering to remove the valuable bells attached to it.

like it or lump it To accept and put up with; to resign one-self to the inevitable; to make the best of an undesirable situation. The exact origin of this informal expression is difficult to determine. The most plausible suggestion is that lump it originally meant ‘gulp it down’ and was probably said in reference to distasteful medicine. Figurative use of the expression appeared in print by the early 1800s.

I’ll buy clothes as I see fit, and if anybody don’t like it, why they may lump it, that’s all. (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Poganuc People, 1878)

Sometimes lump it means simply ‘dislike’ as in the following quotation:

Whether we like him or lump him, he [the Interviewer] is master of the situation. (Grant Allen in Interviews, 1893)

Like it or lump it is usually heard in situations where no actual choice exists.

that’s the way the ball bounces That’s life; that’s the way it goes; there’s nothing to be done about it. Just as one cannot determine ahead of time how a ball will bounce, so too no one can predict or prevent the twists and turns of fate. This expression and the analogous that’s the way the cookie crumbles are usually said in resignation to a fait accompli.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.resignation - acceptance of despairresignation - acceptance of despair    
despair - the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well; "they moaned in despair and dismay"; "one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair"
defeatism - acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
2.resignation - the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
abdication, stepping down - a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
renouncement, renunciation - an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
3.resignation - a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign; "he submitted his resignation as of next month"
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
abdication, stepping down - the act of abdicating
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1. A giving up of a possession, claim, or right:
2. The capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience without complaint:
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[ˌrezɪgˈneɪʃən] N
1. (= act) → dimisión f, renuncia f
to offer or send in or hand in or submit one's resignationpresentar la dimisión
2. (= state) → resignación f (to a) to await sth with resignationesperar algo resignado, esperar algo con resignación
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[ˌrɛzɪgˈneɪʃən] n
(from job, post, office)démission f
to tender one's resignation → donner sa démission
to announce one's resignation → annoncer sa démission
(= acceptance) → résignation f
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(from public appointment, committee) → Rücktritt m; (of employee)Kündigung f; (of civil servant, clergyman)Amtsniederlegung f; (of teacher)Ausscheiden ntaus dem Dienst; to hand in or tender (form) one’s resignationseinen Rücktritt/seine Kündigung einreichen/sein Amt niederlegen/aus dem Dienst ausscheiden
(= mental state)Resignation f (→ to gegenüber +dat), → Ergebung f (→ to in +acc)
(form, of right, claim etc) → Verzicht m (→ of auf +acc)
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[ˌrɛzɪgˈneɪʃn] n
a. (from job) → dimissioni fpl
to tender one's resignation → dare le dimissioni
b. (mental state) → rassegnazione f
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(rəˈzain) verb
1. to leave a job etc. If he criticizes my work again I'll resign; He resigned (from) his post.
2. (with to) to make (oneself) accept (a situation, fact etc) with patience and calmness. He has resigned himself to the possibility that he may never walk again.
resignation (rezigˈneiʃən) noun
1. the act of resigning.
2. a letter etc stating that one is resigning. You will receive my resignation tomorrow.
3. (the state of having or showing) patient, calm acceptance (of a situation, fact etc). He accepted his fate with resignation.
reˈsigned adjective
(often with to) having or showing patient, calm acceptance (of a fact, situation etc). He is resigned to his fate.
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References in classic literature ?
Therefore I will go immediately and carry my resignation to the king.
Resignation to inevitable evils is the evil duty of us all; the peculiar duty of a young man who has been so fortunate as I have been in early preferment; and I trust I am resigned.
As Oliver accompanied his master in most of his adult expeditions too, in order that he might acquire that equanimity of demeanour and full command of nerve which was essential to a finished undertaker, he had many opportunities of observing the beautiful resignation and fortitude with which some strong-minded people bear their trials and losses.
Following on the Odes, we have much written in the same style, more often than not by women, or songs possibly written to be sung by them, always in a minor key, fraught with sadness, yet full of quiet resignation and pathos.
The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
At one time, I, merely in common civility, asked after her cough; immediately her long visage relaxed into a smile, and she favoured me with a particular history of that and her other infirmities, followed by an account of her pious resignation, delivered in the usual emphatic, declamatory style, which no writing can portray.
Ye tell me, "Life is hard to bear." But for what purpose should ye have your pride in the morning and your resignation in the evening?
Joy and peace are not resignation; resignation is the willing endurance of a pain that is not allayed, that you don't expect to be allayed.
The husband, resolving slowly not to remain at the ministry but to send in his resignation at once, was lost in a sea of reflections; the crisis for him meant a total change of life and the necessity of starting on a new career.
You must employ energy, but more particularly resignation."
'Then we have nothing for it but resignation,' said Mr Brass;
"Here the characters are large and unsteady; the hand which traces them is become chilled and torpid; but the spirit survives, and the faith and resignation of the dying man are expressed with a sublime simplicity."