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 The short person has returned to the local schoolhouse and the official mascot has resumed his usual spot in the official snoozing corner. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: The inside story of an Ebola vaccine; fewer adults received opioid prescriptions," 7 Jan. 2020 According to USA Today, now that his Bachelor season has wrapped, Weber has resumed his piloting duties. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Peter Weber From 'The Bachelor' Could Be Piloting Your Next Delta Flight," 6 Jan. 2020 Some American executives who had stayed away because of the backlash over the slaying have resumed doing business with the kingdom. Abdullah Al-shihri, Twin Cities, "Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Jamal Khashoggi murder," 23 Dec. 2019 Roadways were reopened and although passengers were able to access terminals, flight operations have still not resumed as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "An internet outage, baggage delays and a bus fire complicated the already busy holiday travel season," 23 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, visits for inmates at Columbia were suspended until further notice on Nov. 8, according to the prison's website, but on Tuesday DOC spokeswoman Clare Hendricks said normal visitation has resumed. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Death of inmate at Columbia Correctional is under investigation," 10 Dec. 2019 Three out of five recent inmates put to death in Tennessee have chosen the chair since the state resumed executions last year. Fox News, "Blind Tennessee inmate to be executed in electric chair for murdering estranged girlfriend in 1991," 6 Dec. 2019 Three out of five recent inmates put to death in Tennessee have chosen the chair since the state began resuming executions. CBS News, "Blind Tennessee inmate set to die in the electric chair for killing ex-girlfriend," 5 Dec. 2019 But some people still walked around the school after police lifted their cordons, according to live television footage that also showed traffic had resumed in the area. Natalie Lung,, "Hong Kong Police End Campus Siege After Finding 3,989 Petrol Bombs," 28 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Interested applicants are encouraged to bring two copies of a resume to the job fairs. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Katy's new VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa looking to hire more than 250 positions," 9 Jan. 2020 Zack Martin continues to build the sort of resume that Pro Football Hall of Fame voters can appreciate. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys RG Zack Martin joins elite company, named again to AP All-Pro first team," 3 Jan. 2020 In fact, a couple of those age-40 seasons highlight his hall of fame resume. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts put kicker Adam Vinatieri on season-ending injured reserve," 9 Dec. 2019 Could the rest of its resume absorb a loss to a team as unimpressive as Virginia? Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Can Ohio State and other College Football Playoff contenders afford a conference championship loss?," 3 Dec. 2019 Lakota East makes state soccer tournament with defeat of Moeller Scott Springer, SHARONVILLE - The ball takes a funny bounce sometimes regardless of a team's resume. Scott Springer,, "Lakota East gets by Moeller for first state soccer appearance since 1999," 2 Nov. 2019 But by that point Haley had sent out a flurry of resumes and gotten hired at another medical practice, Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants, part of the Huntsville Hospital system. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Fired for having a baby? Alabama is OK with that," 1 Oct. 2019 Shawn Pleasants has the kind of resume that would attract the attention of any job recruiter: high school valedictorian, economics major from Yale University, Wall Street banking jobs, small business entrepreneur. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "He was a Yale graduate, Wall Street banker and entrepreneur. Today he’s homeless in California," 17 Sep. 2019 Clovis North’s resume includes a 55-54 win over perennial state power St. Mary’s-Stockton and a 63-60 loss to state No. Mitch Stephens,, "Salesian boys lose in Southern California basketball tournament," 27 Dec. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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