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

transitive verb

: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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


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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Bannister says the NMSU Aggies plan to resume their basketball season Friday at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic tournament in Nevada. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 In the fall of last year, authorities allowed Afghan girls to enroll in primary schools and universities and promised to resume secondary education at the start of the new school year March 23. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Here are five takeaways from Friday's loss as the Suns resume action Sunday against New York at Footprint Center. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 The deal has helped Ukraine to resume shipping wheat, corn and other products at nearly prewar levels, bringing global prices down. William Mauldin, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Plans are already in place to resume an experimental feeding program at a warm-water power plant near Cape Canaveral. Curt Anderson, Sun Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 Khan launched what is known as a long-march protest rally from Lahore to the capital on Oct. 28, which his party said will resume on Thursday at the same place where he was attacked. Reuters, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2022 It’s not unusual for Apple to stop production of gadgets and then resume at a later date. José Adorno, BGR, 8 Nov. 2022 The trial continued Friday afternoon and will resume Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in Hartford Superior Court after a break on Monday. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 29 Oct. 2022
And Ohio State climbed to No. 21, making that a quality win for NCAA Tournament resume purposes. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 That does sound a bit like Brady’s resume, and if sports metaphors are your thing, Iger playing CEO like a quarterback certainly works – many long passes for touchdowns. Bill Carter, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Following his first runway show at 21 years old, Asghari's resume began to grow. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 How to weigh this recent result against the Volunteers' deeper resume is one of the toughest questions the committee will face in this or any season under the four-team format. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 Here are three reasons the No. 13 Hoosiers (3-0) were able to pick up a big, early resume-building win in hostile territory. Tyler Tachman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Nov. 2022 There are some moving pieces, with no guarantee a champion will emerge from the Big 12 or the Pac 12 whose resume the committee ranks higher than a one-loss OSU or Michigan. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2022 When zero-Covid finally ends and travel and business resume, will the world remember the pandemic’s lesson about the Chinese Communist Party? Anastasia Lin, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Not all losses are created equal, and that's certainly the case with Atascocita's 2022 resume. Josh Criswell, Chron, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of resume was in the 15th century

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“Resume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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re·​sume ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio)
resumed; resuming
: to take again : occupy again
resume your seats
: to begin again or go back to
resumed the game the next day


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variants or resume also resumé
: a brief statement : summary
a résumé of the news
: a short account of one's career and qualifications for a job

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