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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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. Gary Klein,, "As Rams gear up for minicamp, Aaron Donald seems unlikely to suit up," 11 June 2018 However, without the time to wait for legislation to pass, the 7th Fleet has already begun implementing improvements, racing to reset crew training and ship conditions with an urgency not seen for a long time. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 College basketball adopts all international rules, including the three-point line, and resetting fouls with 10-minute quarters (and fewer timeouts). Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Herrera's gone, what's next for Royals and worrisome about Chiefs," 19 June 2018 While Ivory Coast has a limit of two presidential terms, Ouattara’s Rally of the Republicans party says the new charter has reset the clock. Pauline Bax,, "Ivory Coast’s President Suggests He May Run Again, Sparking Concern," 4 June 2018 After a visit to Umai, purists doing a hot-dog tour may wish to reset their taste buds with one of the town’s artisan dogs. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Sacramento is taking its hot-dog game to the next level," 18 May 2018 Ohio State was on the verge of having to reset its search. Bill Landis,, "Wake Forest graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods commits to Ohio State basketball," 24 Apr. 2018 By staying under the limit, the Giants would reset their penalty level and lower their tax rate from 50 percent to 20 percent for 2019 when Bryce Harper and other elite free agents will be available. John Shea,, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 Offseason reset Lewis turned into Michigan's best cover corner of the past decade after a steady, confident climb through his freshman and sophomore campaigns that turned into a breakout season as a junior in 2015. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Lavert Hill, David Long anchor talented secondary," 30 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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