re·​set | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈset How to pronounce reset (audio) \
reset; resetting

Definition of reset

transitive verb

1 : to set again or anew reset type reset a diamond reset a circuit breaker
2 : to change the reading of often to zero reset an odometer

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Other Words from reset

reset \ ˈrē-​ˌset How to pronounce reset (audio) \ noun
resettable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈse-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce resettable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of reset in a Sentence

The machine reset the bowling pins. His broken leg had to be reset. reset the timer to 10 minutes The fire alarm was reset.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The winds reset debris and uprooted some large trees, the release said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Wind damage forces Brazos Bend State Park to close through July 1," 10 June 2019 The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after offensive rebounds. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NCAA approves longer 3-pointers for men's basketball," 5 June 2019 The panel also approved resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds after a field-goal attempt hits the rim, and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court. Mark Heim |,, "NCAA moving back 3-point line for next season, tweaks shot clock rule," 5 June 2019 In addition to the line change, the panel approved resetting the shot clock from 30 seconds to 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the frontcourt. Jenna West,, "Men's College Basketball Three-Point Line Moved to International Distance," 5 June 2019 The panel also approved a new rule of resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds after a shot attempt touches the rim and the offensive team collects a rebound in the frontcourt. Adam Baum,, "NCAA extends men's college basketball 3-point line back to international distance," 5 June 2019 Ryan Divish @RyanDivish If the Mariners did a bullpen start for that Tuesday outing, the offday on Thursday could help them reset their rotation and allow Sheffield to come back on normal rest for the next turn. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Game Day: Live updates, how to watch as Wade LeBlanc returns to rotation vs. Twins," 18 May 2019 Fitbit suggested resetting the device (pressing the side button for eight seconds while the device sits in its charger), and that fixed the problem each time. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 But culinary school has a strange way of stripping you of your knowledge and resetting your cooking building blocks to square one (boiling, poaching, steaming, sautéeing...). Southern Living, "The One Cooking Rule Julia Child Lived By," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reset

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reset was in 1628

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English Language Learners Definition of reset

: to move (something) back to an original place or position
: to put (a broken bone) back in the correct position for healing
: to put (a gem) into a new piece of jewelry


re·​set | \ ˌrē-ˈset How to pronounce reset (audio) \
reset; resetting

Kids Definition of reset

: to set again Remember to reset your clock.

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