resume

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

résumé

noun
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

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

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

Now, Iran is threatening to resume enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade levels if European nations don’t offer it new terms to the deal by July 7. Washington Post, "US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker," 14 June 2019 Protesters in Sudan called off a general strike and agreed to resume talks with the junta that took charge after the fall of the country’s dictator, Omar al-Bashir, in April. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2019 Mitch Moreland still has not been cleared to resume baseball activities. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson close to being activated," 12 June 2019 The jury is expected to return to court Tuesday morning to resume deliberations. Teri Figueroa, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Miami Hurricanes standout Kellen Winslow Jr. convicted of rape," 11 June 2019 The Justice Department offered last week to resume negotiations to release more documents associated with the report, but only if the committee revoked its contempt threat, which Nadler declined. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "House investigations of President Trump hit a wall of delay; demands for records, witnesses are mostly on hold," 10 June 2019 Jurors went home less than an hour later and were ordered to resume deliberating Tuesday. CBS News, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow convicted of raping homeless woman," 10 June 2019 The logical thing to do would be to simply break contact with Mark and use what was left of the day to resume my job hunt. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019 Iran sabotages ships in the Persian Gulf and threatens to resume enrichment of uranium for its nuclear program. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "The Growing Menace of the Moscow-Beijing-Tehran Axis," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The chef’s poise in the dining room stems from her resume: In a previous life, Law-Yone was an English and art history teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee lets diners feast on Burmese stories," 14 June 2019 Michael Wolter talked to students about building their resumes, writing cover letters and how to prepare for job interviews. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Skills Academy meant to boost career prospects for East Hartford residents," 13 June 2019 Sablone’s design background is nearly as impressive as her skateboarding resume. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Skateboarder Alexis Sablone Makes History With Her First Sneaker," 30 May 2019 But teams need only to look at the 19-year NHL resume of Keith, or the impressive two-season body of work by Matthew to catch a glimpse of what the youngest Tkachuk could do for an NHL team. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Armed with a family legacy, Brady Tkachuk prepares to make his own name in the NHL," 19 June 2018 The resume was found in a house in Iraq and obtained by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, which included it in an extensive new report on American jihadists in Syria and Iraq. Tracy Connor, NBC News, "Texas convert Warren Clark sent ISIS his resume, report says," 6 Feb. 2018 His hiring came after professorial jobs in Morocco, Germany and Lebanon and working as a senior adviser in President Bill Clinton’s Education Department, according to his resume. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit continues against novelist Sparks, school he started," 19 Nov. 2018 One hell of a resume, and now there’s another entry upcoming: Exapunks. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Star Citizen is sued by a backer, The Culling 2 is yanked from Steam and more," 20 July 2018 Job candidates should bring copies of their resume, dress professionally, and prepare for on-site interviews. Madelyn Dibley, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon holds hiring fair for Romulus distribution center," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of resume

Verb

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

Noun

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resume

Verb

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

Noun

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

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resume

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

résumé

noun

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

resume

verb
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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