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

In recent weeks, Pyongyang has threatened to resume building up its nuclear forces if the U.S. doesn’t ease sanctions—a step Washington has refused to take in the absence of concrete steps by North Korea to relinquish its arsenal. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un Visits China on His Birthday," 7 Jan. 2019 Negotiations had to resume again to reach this final agreement. Loren Grush, The Verge, "FCC slams spaceflight company with $900,000 fine over illegal satellite launch," 20 Dec. 2018 To minimize disruption to the timelines, the mastermind of this plan, the Director, uses people who were just about to die as its targets, narrowly averting their deaths (at least most of the time) and allowing a traveler to resume their life. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now," 14 Dec. 2018 Aside from the rebellion and coup-related charges in the two courts, Duterte has also ordered the military to resume an inquiry into the senator's role in the mutinies. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine president's fiercest critic arrested, posts bail," 25 Sep. 2018 Eight boys and the coach remain inside, but rescue operations are about to resume. Aubrey Nagle,, "Why Philly feels squeezed by U.S. economy, Philly Latinos face Trump's America | Morning Newsletter," 9 July 2018 Negotiations are scheduled to resume in January, and while tariffs will definitely be on the agenda, technology and intellectual property theft will be among the hardest issues to sort out. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US charges Chinese government-linked hackers accused of a decade-long global cyber campaign," 20 Dec. 2018 And newbie Ana Navarro will resume her guest-hosting duties on Friday after officially joining the cast in November. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Wait, Why Isn't Meghan McCain on 'The View' This Week?," 14 Nov. 2018 To resume the offensive and win the war, the combatants tried to develop new tactics, with varying degrees of success. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both of them will have to share the competition with Brandon Dawkins, the Arizona graduate transfer with plenty of rushing — and passing — numbers on his resume. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 Smith arrived at the school with an impressive mix of college and pro coaching experience on his resume including leading the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI in 2006. Matt Murschel,, "Five college football coaches on the hot seat entering the 2018 season," 28 June 2018 Finger: Dallas’ selection of Luka Doncic is a popular answer, for good reason, as dominating the Euroleague at the age of 19 is a better accomplishment than anyone else in the draft had on his resume. Steve Warns, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Who won the NBA Draft, what’s next with Kawhi Leonard," 23 June 2018 The top results on their resume are ties to state qualifiers Catholic Memorial, Brookfield Central and Waukesha West. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: The schedule and a look at every team in the field," 13 June 2018 But his experience in Philadelphia is perhaps the most impressive item on his resume. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce upbeat about chances to become Atlanta Hawks head coach," 9 May 2018 Plucinski also has an Alaska state high school championship on his resume — Chugiak's 2017 Class 4A championship. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Eagle River hockey player adds another national title to his resume," 9 May 2018 Among the other instruments on his resume are the drums, piano, tuba and euphonium. Dan Labbe,, "Chad Thomas has produced tracks for Rick Ross; wants to produce sacks for the Browns," 8 May 2018 Though Castellano is a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey, his replacement is Victor Espinoza, a three-time Derby winner and the only active rider with a Triple Crown on his resume. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "How first-time Kentucky Derby trainer landed Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza," 2 May 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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