reboot

verb, transitive + intransitive re·boot \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbüt \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of reboot

1 a T/I : 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 I : to start up again after closing or shutting down : to boot up again
  • waiting for a computer/program to reboot
2 a T : 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 I : to start anew : to make a fresh start
  • The interior designer's heart was telling her to reboot and downsize …
  • —Susan Heeger

reboot

noun
    • computer problems that require a reboot
    • The three films trace the same arc as other out-of-the-blue series like Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead and Robert Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy, in which the sequel acts as a bigger-budget reboot of the original …
    • —Keith Staskiewicz

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First Known Use of reboot

1971

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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