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re·​boot (ˌ)rē-ˈbüt How to pronounce reboot (audio)
rebooted; rebooting; reboots
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
intransitive : to start up again after closing or shutting down : to boot up again
waiting for a computer/program to reboot
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
intransitive : to start anew : to make a fresh start
The interior designer's heart was telling her to reboot and downsize …Susan Heeger


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

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Fox rebooted the franchise in 2011 with what ultimately became a trilogy starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, the leader of an intelligent ape clan. Thomas Buckley, Fortune, 13 May 2024 The series, which first premiered in 1990, was rebooted for a 21st season in 2021 after more than a decade off air. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reboot 

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Word History

First Known Use


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reboot was in 1971

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“Reboot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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