re·sume | \ ri-ˈzüm \
resumed; resuming

Definition of resume 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to assume or take again : reoccupy resumed his seat by the fire —Thomas Hardy

2 : to return to or begin again after interruption resumed her work

3 : to take back to oneself

4 : to pick up again

intransitive verb

: to begin again something interrupted


ré·su·mé | \ ˈre-zə-ˌmā , ˌre-zə-ˈmā also ˈrā-zə-ˌmā or ˌrā-zə-ˈmā \
variants: or resume or less commonly resumé

Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : summary

3 : a set of accomplishments a musical résumé

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Examples of resume in a Sentence


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.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The schedule resumes the first week of January in Hawaii with the Aloha State two-step — the Sentry Tournament of Champions Jan. 3-6 and the Sony Open in Hawaii Jan. 10-13. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "PGA Tour shuffles schedule to finish Playoffs before football season," 10 July 2018 Amazon also stopped work at a distribution center in Okayama Saturday, but resumed Sunday once roads were cleared, according to a spokesperson, Bloomberg reported. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Massive Floods in Japan Have Killed More Than 70 and Hurt Local Manufacturers," 8 July 2018 No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA!’’ before resuming his game. Jill Colvin,, "Before Putin meeting, Trump blames predecessor for election meddling," 14 July 2018 Now both leaders have promised to reopen embassies and resume trade, flights and direct phone lines between the countries. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Landmark Peace Declaration Ends ‘State of War’ Between Ethiopia and Eritrea," 12 July 2018 The hospital, which had stopped taking new patients, took measures to improve safety and oversight and resumed operation under a new name, Yokohama Hajime Hospital. Washington Post, "Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths," 12 July 2018 The district said the work at the 40 schools will begin within two weeks and hopes to complete most of them before classes resume. Dylan Purcell,, "Can Philadelphia school officials be trusted with millions in state money to clean up lead paint?," 12 July 2018 The only casualty outside the Padres’ 17th loss in their last 23 games: Perdomo’s resume. Jeff Sanders,, "Again, Dodgers beat up on Padres' Luis Perdomo," 9 July 2018 This came after Ditko had resumed freelance work for Marvel Comics, most notably with his 1991 creation of Squirrel Girl. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Remember, employers hire employees — the resume is merely an introduction. Pattie Hunt Sinacole,, "How many different resumes should you have?," 14 July 2018 By Stefan Stevenson Choo has clearly been the best Rangers player and had the best resume in a down year for the club. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "For Choo, All-Star nod a career goal. Home Run Derby? 'Probably not'," 9 July 2018 The resume for Favre includes a Super Bowl win, three MVP awards, 71,838 career passing yards and 508 touchdowns. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Patrick Mahomes draws comparison, but how did Brett Favre do in first year as starter?," 9 July 2018 But, beyond the resume, perhaps the biggest reason for environmental groups to fear Wheeler is his simple lack of notoriety. Justin Worland, Time, "Scott Pruitt's EPA Resignation Is a Win for Environmental Groups. But It's Complicated," 5 July 2018 Making the past six Pro Bowls as a cornerback looks good on the resume. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson targeted as the next great cornerback in coach Steve Wilks' 'collection'," 14 June 2018 As long as a 55–24 loss to a 7–5 Iowa team was on the resume, Ohio State wasn’t making the playoff. Andy Staples,, "Which Second-Year Coach Will Oversee the Biggest Improvement in 2018?," 6 June 2018 The Capitals, who have taken a deserved 2-1 series lead on the backs of their superstars and their depth players, hope to take a significant step toward shedding their old identity as losers when the Final resumes Monday night at Capital One Arena. Helene Elliott,, "Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final can be a defining moment," 3 June 2018 Probably the only thing that Stephen Curry doesn't have on the resume is an NBA Finals MVP. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Social media reacts to Stephen Curry, Warriors' win over Cleveland in Game 2 of NBA Finals," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of resume


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


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resume


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

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re·sume | \ ri-ˈzüm \
resumed; resuming

Kids Definition of resume

1 : to begin again The teams resumed play.

2 : to take or occupy again Please resume your seats.

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