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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Land back on the floor, keeping your knees soft, and sink back into the squat position for one second before standing up to reset yourself. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Leg, Cardio, and Agility Workout From Celebrity Trainer Simone De La Rue," 16 July 2018 Prince Mohammed has appeared determined to reset the public narrative about his rule after months of diplomatic turmoil. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Courts China as Counterweight to Critical West," 22 Feb. 2019 This in turn revealed a race condition in the back-end servers, causing them to reset the front-end servers over and over. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft explains one Azure authentication outage as another one happens," 27 Nov. 2018 No calendar in recent memory has been as stacked with unique creatives poised to reset how guys everywhere get dressed like Spring/Summer 2019. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "A$AP Rocky, Virgil Abloh, Bella Hadid, Kid Cudi and More Party with GQ at Paris Fashion Week," 23 June 2018 When the crew tried to reset the battery system, one of the crew members sustained an electric shock from touching a live wire. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Mars Simulation Goes Awry?," 23 June 2018 Norwell signed a five-year, $66.5 million contract with Jacksonville that — combined with the robust deals received by Giants tackle Nate Solder and Cowboys guard Zack Martin — helped reset the market for offensive linemen. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Next Panthers lineman set to get high-dollar, long-term deal? He's focused on vacation," 14 June 2018 The Powerball jackpot will reset to $40 million for the Wednesday drawing. USA TODAY, "Winning $315M Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey," 21 May 2018 If the Dodgers can keep from going above that figure, their luxury tax penalty will reset this winter, saving them tens of millions. Jon Tayler,, "Corey Seager's Season-Ending Injury Further Exposes the Flawed Dodgers," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of reset

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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