re·​boot | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbüt How to pronounce reboot (audio) \
rebooted; rebooting; reboots

Definition of reboot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a transitive + intransitive : to shut down and restart (a computer or program) … the annoyance of having to reboot the computer to switch operating systems …— Robert Weston If anything ever happens to the original drive, you can reboot using the cloned drive and be up and running in minutes.— Dan Frakes
b intransitive : to start up again after closing or shutting down : to boot up again waiting for a computer/program to reboot
2a transitive : to start (something) anew : to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version It's probably not an overstatement to say Sandberg is embarking on the most ambitious mission to reboot feminism and reframe discussions of gender since the launch of Ms. magazine in 1971.— Belinda Luscombe reboot an old TV series
b intransitive : to start anew : to make a fresh start The interior designer's heart was telling her to reboot and downsize …— Susan Heeger


re·​boot | \ ˈrē-ˌbüt How to pronounce reboot (audio) \
plural reboots

Definition of reboot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of shutting down and restarting something (such as a computer or program) In a few cases, errors cause a headlong exit to DOS or the software ceases to operate, requiring a reboot.— George F. Hepner
2 : the act or an instance of starting (something) anew or making a fresh start In a massive reboot last fall, all 200 rooms were done up in geometric rugs and curvy leather headboards.— Jen Murphy

Examples of reboot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hope is that the respite will provide an opportunity for mentally and physically exhausted players to reboot and prepare for a legitimate playoff run., 17 May 2021 With psychedelics, there's a huge opportunity to open up your mind - to reboot and get out of negative loops, to rewire your brain. Ashira Prossack, Forbes, 13 May 2021 In an effort to reboot and to consolidate management of his sales, the mega-artist Jeff Koons is moving from two mega-galleries to one. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Your inability to get email or reboot your laptop may not be the only crisis your IT person is dealing with at the moment. Abby Schwartz, Wired, 20 Jan. 2021 For years, many psychedelic scientists have been theorizing that hallucinating on magic mushrooms could possibly reboot the brain and clear out negative thoughts that may contribute to depression. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 10 July 2021 In addition to helping students get their brains back into gear, Level Up SD wants to reboot their hearts, souls and creative spirits. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 Tokyo Drift for a chance to reboot the franchise for Universal as a producer in 2006, ultimately pulling a 180 on IP that had been headed straight to video. Chris Lee, Vulture, 16 June 2021 The following destinations can help travelers reboot their mental health by offering an array of holistic activities. Roger Sands, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of reboot


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reboot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reboot

computers : to turn off a computer and then immediately turn it on

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