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 Dallas lost 31 seconds because the officiating crew failed to reset the clock following the challenge, and the Packers ran out the clock to ice a 26-21 win. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy revisits old question: ‘Did Dez catch it?’," 9 Jan. 2020 Taking this step by step: The Senate trial provides a chance to reset the clock and present the fullest picture of what transpired. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The rebuke to Trump that both parties should deliver," 18 Dec. 2019 That’s where the slap came in, as a woman named Hero reset her fiancé’s clock with a solid smack. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Best Theater of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 Even a few hours here is enough to reset your body clock to deep calm. Trish Lorenz, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Explore the Azores, Island by Island," 19 Nov. 2019 Two years of Fields could reset the program’s quarterback paradigm. 2. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State hopes it has the right answers for the painful questions Clemson posed in 2016 playoffs," 21 Dec. 2019 The former resets your options to default and removes uninstalled apps, like browsers, but keeps your data intact. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Wipe a Computer of All Your Personal Data," 6 Nov. 2019 Each time the 31-year-old Indian captain, Bhavya Suneja, tried to redirect the plane, the system would reset and foil him—and require greater force on his part to stabilize the plane. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "In the age of automation, the “human error” that dooms a plane isn’t confined to the cockpit," 28 Oct. 2019 Motifs are repeated in ways that contradict rather than amplify; the pauses between acts don’t so much reset the action as muddle it, and us, further. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Unstable, Flickering “The Height of the Storm”," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reset.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce reset (audio)

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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to insert between existing elements

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