re·set | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈset \
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 \ noun
resettable \(ˌ)rē-ˈse-tə-bəl \ 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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Clearing out social media accounts is usually a sign that an artist is preparing to reset their narrative and change their image in some way. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus' Instagram Page Has Been Wiped Clean," 13 July 2018 If Taggart manages to reset this athletic corps and rebuild, look out. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Florida State," 6 July 2018 Captain Kirk and second-in-command Spock journey through the gateway to reset the previous timeline, which leads to the death of a critical (but fictional) historical figure played by Joan Collins. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018 The Tigers, who have been ranked No. 3 in the nation for the majority of the year, had a historic day on multiple fronts as the program reset the conference record with 177 points and had multiple first-time and repeat winners. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou wrestling captures seventh straight conference title | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 Fitzgerald also presented a series of technical questions, including whether TickBox has the ability to issue a software update that would reset devices and remove offending themes and add-ons that had been previously downloaded by customers. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Major Studios, Streamers Win Early Battle in War with TickBox," 30 Jan. 2018 Rauner yanked Walker’s paperwork, then nominated her again days later, a move that resets the clock and delays a potential showdown until well after the November election. Christy Gutowski,, "Rauner maneuvers to keep DCFS director at the helm after she runs into Senate opposition," 20 June 2018 An hour later, splotches of sunlight penetrated the spruce, striking my shirt and warming my heart, resetting the circadian clock that tunes our bodies to a 24-hour day. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 The ground suggests resetting the seemingly ailing systems, but Bean hesitates. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Forgotten True Story of Alan Bean's Unlikely Journey to the Moon," 29 May 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 \
reset; resetting

Kids Definition of reset

: to set again Remember to reset your clock.

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the setting in which something occurs

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