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

Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : 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
3 : 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
4 : 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 resumed— Amy Waldman


ré·​su·​mé | \ ˈre-zə-ˌmā How to pronounce résumé (audio) , ˌre-zə-ˈmā also ˈrā-zə-ˌmā or ˌrā-zə-ˈmā \
variants: or resume or less commonly resumé
plural résumés or resumes also resumés

Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 US
a : 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
b : 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
2 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Less than a week later, before outdoor dining was allowed to resume, officials saw 67 patrons drinking in front of the establishment. Georgia Slater,, "Iconic Manhattan Restaurant Temporarily Shuts Down After Social Distancing Violations," 10 July 2020 On Monday, gyms outside of Boston were allowed to resume operations as part of Phase 3 of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan. Meghan Sorensen,, "On reopening day, gyms work through Governor Baker’s restrictions," 7 July 2020 The Northern Kentucky landlords want Beshear's eviction moratorium to be declared unconstitutional and to be allowed to resume evictions, according to court documents. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "'Tenants have literally thumbed their nose.' NKY landlords sue Beshear to resume evictions paused by the COVID-19 pandemic," 7 July 2020 Even as the United States reported record numbers of coronavirus cases, New York City took a tentative yet symbolic step toward normalcy on Monday, when personal-care services and some outdoor recreation were allowed to resume. Michael Gold, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Reopening: Dog Runs and Manicures, but Still No Indoor Dining," 6 July 2020 Both outdoor and indoor dining were allowed to resume in Napa County on May 20. Kellie Hwang,, "Confused about reopening in the Bay Area? Here’s the latest on the status of each county," 6 July 2020 Outdoor dining has already been allowed to resume in the city and retail stores have been allowed to reopen. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "U.S. Reports Highest Single Day Total of Coronavirus Cases," 2 July 2020 Monday was also when groups of no more than 50 people could gather again, and certain youth sports were allowed to resume with various precautions in place. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Cameron seeks to join suit filed by Florence Speedway, other businesses on COVID-19 rules," 1 July 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that indoor dining won't be allowed to resume when New York City reaches Phase 3 of reopening next week. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, "Cuomo says indoor dining is delayed in New York City and storm clouds are "on the horizon"," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun People also pointed to his past as a military police officer, listed in his public online resume. oregonlive, "Rose City Justice, group that drew thousands for protests, disappears amid criticisms," 10 July 2020 On the surface, Park certainly had an impressive resume. Yoonjung Seo And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "How the dramatic death of Seoul's mayor left a country divided," 10 July 2020 My resume became friendly with LinkedIn and other online job services, which quickly felt like dating sites. Largeheartedboy, Longreads, "Sleeping with Amazon," 7 July 2020 Porta only listed one government position on his resume, at Cartersville, Georgia. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands reveals contract for new general manager; names of other finalists," 3 July 2020 McCarthy is an experienced coach with a title on his resume. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy faces uniquely long list of challenges to start first season as Cowboys head coach," 3 July 2020 Robert Hunt, superintendent of Chagrin Exempted Schools, has recommended students in grades 1-12 resume classes Aug. 31, which is 11 days later than currently scheduled. Brenda Cain, cleveland, "How are Cuyahoga County districts handling back to school amid coronavirus surge? See the list," 13 July 2020 What is more clear: If and when high school sports resume, organizers should include several contingency plans into their protocol. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Is playing Texas high school sports even possible in 2020?," 9 July 2020 If the benefit ends, and more workers who are vulnerable or have unsafe jobs resume work, cases could ultimately rise in the state. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "$600 unemployment benefit ends in July. Economists not optimistic about what happens after," 7 July 2020

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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 2

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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“Resume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce résumé (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to begin again after stopping
: to take (a seat, place, position, etc.) again : to go back to (something)


How to pronounce résumé (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job
: a list of achievements
formal : a short description of things that have happened


re·​sume | \ ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio) \
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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