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 reset (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 After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Health psychologist says there are real, medicine-free ways to help your stress," 29 Dec. 2020 After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward. Laurel Mellin, The Conversation, "How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 But maybe this is actually a chance to flip that, to reset those traditions. Matt Simon, Wired, "What Should You Do About Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19?," 28 Oct. 2020 With time to reset and make adjustments, the offense bounced back with an 11-play, 76-yard touchdown drive on its first possession in the third quarter. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "'We can chuckle about it now': How face mask and fogged glasses almost cost UK football," 21 Oct. 2020 Teams have had to reset as the competition, postponed from late July, will run Friday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 25. Will Coviello,, "Local filmmakers compete to make short films in less than two days in the 48 Hour Film Project on Oct. 23-25," 19 Oct. 2020 The vast majority of us will have to reset clocks, adjust sleep times, endure mild symptoms of jet lag and get used to the sudden early onset of darkness. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "The end of daylight saving time approaches. The question is, why?," 11 Oct. 2020 Is there a way to reset their thinking about math, for example? Washington Post, "Former D.C. Public Schools chancellor: Black cultural education ‘could change the entire calculus’ for children," 6 Oct. 2020 Four Week 4 games have been crossed off the schedule, including Saturday’s ACC matchup between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest (reset for Dec. 12). Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall football for Aztecs, Mountain West hinges on imminent presidents’ vote," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of reset

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2021

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“Reset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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