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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.


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


(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.



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.

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



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


[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


(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)


[ˌrɛzɪgˈneɪʃn] n
a. (from job) → dimissioni fpl
to tender one's resignation → dare le dimissioni
b. (mental state) → rassegnazione f


(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.
References in classic literature ?
In the present instance there was no escape, and having clashed her scissors rebelliously, while protesting that she smelled thunder, she gave in, put away her work, and taking up her hat and gloves with an air of resignation, told Amy the victim was ready.
She handed her feelings over to the actors with a kind of fatalistic resignation.
His attitude was one of hopeless resignation as he looked toward a distant bird winging its flight away from him.
In this manner they proceeded in uninterrupted silence, except when Heyward addressed some solitary word of comfort to the females, or David gave vent to the moanings of his spirit, in piteous exclamations, which he intended should express the humility of resignation.
This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns.
The appearance of these relics of wild dissipation, however, had lifted Christie out of her sublime resignation.
Never before had she had such a sense of the intolerable length of time that creeps between dawn and sunset, and of the miserable irksomeness of having aught to do, and of the better wisdom that it would be to lie down at once, in sullen resignation, and let life, and its toils and vexations, trample over one's prostrate body as they may
In view of my previous weariness of office, and vague thoughts of resignation, my fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and although beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
Instead of it even-- as a woman reads another--she could see what I myself saw: his derision, his amusement, his contempt for the breakdown of my resignation at being left alone and for the fine machinery I had set in motion to attract his attention to my slighted charms.
Their entire being was reduced to a monotonous dead level of patience, resignation, dumb uncomplaining acceptance of whatever might befall them in this life.
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.
Then there was the satisfaction of being mistress of the poor domain; of planning, governing, deciding; of bringing order out of chaos; of implanting gayety in the place of inert resignation to the inevitable.