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

Just to score some extra techie points, Microsoft has implemented an automatic pause and resume function for when the headphones are taken off the listener’s head. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish," 15 Nov. 2018 One organization that has done this well is Braven, an organization that helps college students who are from low-income backgrounds learn soft skills like networking and resume building. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies," 14 Nov. 2018 Trading remained closed for about a week before it was resumed. Asher Stockler, Vox, "Trump holds a rally hours after Pittsburgh shooting, says “evil people” shouldn’t derail life," 28 Oct. 2018 Chen's co-hosts, including Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Eve, were emotional after Chen's announcement aired, but resumed their duties as hosts the next day. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Who Could Be Julie Chen's Replacement on 'The Talk'," 28 Sep. 2018 When municipal power resumes, the switch shuts down the generator and reconnects your house to the grid. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 11 Sep. 2018 But Microsoft clearly missed the back-to-school season, since many schools resumed classes in late August and early September. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft announces October 2 event: New Surface devices inbound?," 7 Sep. 2018 Next: Mattingly on Lopez in loss Your video will play in: 5 seconds Mattingly on Lopez in loss MIL@MIA: Mattingly on Lopez's start in loss Play Video | 01:57 Your video will resume shortly. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins celebrate another extra-inning win on walk-off hit in 12th," 12 July 2018 Sports Highlights Up Next: Green on Lauer, 4-1 victory Your video will play in: 5 seconds Green on Lauer, 4-1 victory LAD@SD: Green on Lauer's stellar outing in 4-1 win Play Video | 01:21 Your video will resume shortly. Alec Romero, sacbee, "Only two sluggers have confirmed for next week's home run derby. What's going on?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drake, also known as a collector of Hermès Birkin bags, has now added 'gifter of Chanel bags' to his resume. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Drake Gave Chanel Bags as Favors at His Birthday Party," 26 Oct. 2018 Eleanor Young, the latest addition to her resume, possesses a different kind of strength. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Hopes Crazy Rich Asians Will Turn the Trickle of Diversity in Hollywood "Into a Stream"," 27 Aug. 2018 Mayfield boasts the most impressive resume of any quarterback in this year’s class with 14,607 passing yards and 131 touchdowns in four years, as well a completion rate of more than 70% over the last two seasons. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Baker Mayfield could be 'outlier' Browns have been searching for at QB," 26 Apr. 2018 Interested parties can send a resume to Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 In fact, the practice of blindly sending your resumes to job openings is rarely successful. NBC News, "Planning a return-to-work? Don't make this #1 mistake," 30 Mar. 2018 If none of that seems like the resume of a team ranked No. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The last 25 NCAA tournament champions, ranked," 27 Mar. 2018 Richardson, however, hasn't sent out a single resume. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Mount Carmel grad Steve Richardson a gentle giant determined to prove NFL worth," 20 Mar. 2018 Interested candidates can send resumes to and can call Coach Jones at 513-301-9705. Melanie Laughman,, "Preps Quick Hits: Coaches named at Colerain, Middletown; perfect game for Milford alum," 1 Mar. 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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