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re·​sume ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio)
resumed; resuming; resumes

transitive verb

: to assume or take again : reoccupy
resumed his seat by the fire …Thomas Hardy
When the break was over and I'd resumed my place on the stand, the teacher asked for a twenty-minute pose and gave me a stool.Elizabeth Hollander
: to return to or begin (something) again after interruption
She resumed her work.
When official mourning was over, Soviet television resumed its normal pace.Bel Kaufman
Her face was changing, resuming its usual expression of gleeful malice.Gail Carson Levine
: to take (something) back to oneself : reclaim
If Waukeshaw Development fails to meet the requirements in the agreement, the town can foreclose on the property and resume ownership.Shannon Keith
: to pick (something) up again : to go back to using or doing (something, such as a way of behaving)
resume an old habit
The very idea of resuming smoking is so loathsome that it drives the thought out of my head.A. M. Rosenthal
She soon got tired of him and banished him, resuming her way of living as a free spinster.George Bernard Shaw
After a quarter-century of creative silence, Goldschmidt resumed composing.Norman Lebrecht

intransitive verb

: to begin again after a pause or interruption
… emerged from the courthouse the day the trial resumedAmy Waldman


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ré·​su·​mé ˈre-zə-ˌmā How to pronounce résumé (audio)
 also  ˈrā-zə-ˌmā,
 or  ˌrā-zə-ˈmā
variants or resume or less commonly resumé
plural résumés or resumes also resumés
: a short account of one's career and qualifications : curriculum vitae
For the internship, I submitted my résumé, work samples, and a cover letter.Tami Nguyen
… a 90-minute telephone interview with a personnel manager at Intel, who has forwarded the resume to the hiring manager …Hal Lancaster
: a set of accomplishments
a musical résumé
[Lucy] Liu's artistic resume is an impressive one; her website displays sculptural works in wood, resin, and bronze, as well as embroidery, silkscreen, assemblage, a Jasper Johns-style deconstructed American flag, and more.Emma Specter
formal : summary
He gave a resume of the club's activities throughout the year.Farming Life
… the business of the evening commenced with a resume of the events that had taken place over the summer.The Stourbridge (England) News

Examples of resume in a Sentence

Verb The game resumed after the rain stopped. After the rain stopped, the teams resumed play. She sat down and resumed her work. He shook his visitor's hand and resumed his seat. I resumed my place at the podium. She will be resuming her position at the company. Noun If you would like to be considered for the job, please submit your résumé. His musical résumé includes performances at Carnegie Hall, a stint with the New York Philharmonic, and two Grammys. a brief résumé of the news
Recent Examples on the Web
The trial resumes Thursday morning with Daniels returning to the stand. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 7 May 2024 The ad will automatically pause so customers can browse at their leisure, and resumes when interaction with the format ceases. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 7 May 2024 The pop star still has a few days left until resuming her Eras tour in Paris on Thursday. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 The dog gave her a droopy-hound glance and resumed posing for the camera. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Yellowstone had been expected to have resumed production on its final season by now for a planned premiere this fall, but a date for filming has not yet been announced. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 The protests began in late April and resumed the afternoon of April 30 at UA in Tucson as spawned by the Students Against Apartheid group. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2024 The singers resumes her Eras Tour in France on May 9. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 After on-campus instruction resumed, these incidents increased 28% in 2021-22 and by 54% year over year in 2022-23. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024
There’s evidence of Barrett’s football makeup scattered across his resume. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 7 May 2024 Despite his glossy Hall of Fame resume, the question remains: Can Drake reclaim his glory and recover? Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 7 May 2024 Now the airport has seen flights to destinations like Kansas City resume last summer, after 2023’s spring break, and begin to factor into the latest year’s travel statistics. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2024 Having regular air service resume between Port-au-Prince and the United States is an exercise in building confidence, those involved in the effort acknowledge. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 Still, Rau had built enough of a resume to be recruited by Elmhurst College, a NCAA Division III school in the west suburbs. Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2024 Here are the top 10 most searched for job resumes in the U.S., according to Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 3 May 2024 The fake documents included a forged resume, college transcripts, and a diploma from the University of California, Los Angeles, according to records. Madeline Nguyen, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2024 When play resumes Friday at Weatherford High School at 7 p.m. the Indians will inherit the same situation. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 May 2024

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resumer, from Latin resumere, from re- + sumere to take up, take — more at consume


French résumé, from past participle of résumer to resume, summarize, from Middle French resumer

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of resume was in the 15th century

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“Resume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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1 of 2 verb
re·​sume ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio)
resumed; resuming
: to take again : occupy again
resume your seats
: to begin again or go back to
resumed the game the next day


2 of 2 noun
variants or resume also resumé
formal : a brief statement : summary
a résumé of the news
: a short account of one's career and qualifications for a job

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