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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Here is how to change or reset your Instagram password on iPhone and Android, according to Instagram's Help Center. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 The only problem is that the Yamanaka factors reset the cells too far. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2022 Some of those who can still afford to buy are looking at mortgages with lower introductory rates that reset in five, seven or 10 years. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, 2 May 2022 After the Murphys reset the Cote d’Azur as a summer destination, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc - in the way only the very grandest hotels can do - started to close between November and April and still does. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 As with the Victor Oladipo experimentation, there will have to come a point where the Heat reset into a comfort zone prior to the playoffs. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Kittle’s agent maintained that his client was a football unicorn, a top-end tight end who produced like an elite wide receiver, blocked like an angry offensive lineman and deserved a contract extension that would reset the market at his position. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 But even that date remains uncertain, as the authorities continue to retest residents, meaning the lockdown clock could reset at any time. Steven Jiang, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 LaRose said that the federal court should reset the primary date because state lawmakers have not yet moved to push back the May 3 primary elections for 99 Ohio House seats and 17 Ohio Senate seats. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reset

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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More Definitions for reset


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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