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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Germany’s government is closer to the first pole, delegating the policing of democratic norms to the EU while rewarding the Czechs and Slovaks, tolerating Mr Orban and resetting relations with Poland. The Economist, "Germany’s troubled relations with the Visegrad states show the limits to its power," 14 June 2018 His original target was 2018, but the development of a new rocket reset the clock. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "The Private Space Race: By the Numbers," 29 May 2018 In that time, Dobbs set or reset several Tennessee records for a quarterback, including both single-season and career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU football looking for QB to take job and run with it — literally," 15 May 2018 The saucing is more acidic than salty soy sauce, but also resets the palate. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 An email has been sent with instructions for resetting your password. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dietland Exclusive: Watch Julianna Margulies In Action As an Evil Fashion Editor Genius," 15 June 2018 But this year the financial penalty probably won’t factor into the decision for the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, a four-year veteran capable of resetting the market for players other than quarterbacks. Dan Woike & Gary Klein,, "Chargers ready for quiet minicamp; Rams likely missing Aaron Donald," 11 June 2018 Punk changed levels and nearly got inside on the legs, but Jackson retreated to the opposite side of the cage, staying upright and again defending in the clinch before resetting in the center. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "CM Punk falls to Mike Jackson via decision at UFC 225," 9 June 2018 By resetting, the new season does more than hark back to the show's better years. The New York Times,, "'Roseanne': A not-so-deplorable reboot," 26 Mar. 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 \
reset; resetting

Kids Definition of reset

: to set again Remember to reset your clock.

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