verb, transitive + intransitive re·boot \(ˌ)rē-ˈbüt\

Definition of reboot

  1. 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 Frakesb intransitive :  to start up again after closing or shutting down :  to boot up again waiting for a computer/program to reboot

  2. 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 seriesb intransitive :  to start anew :  to make a fresh start The interior designer's heart was telling her to reboot and downsize … — Susan Heeger


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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