re·​start | \(ˌ)rē-ˈstärt \
restarted; restarting; restarts

Definition of restart 

transitive verb

1 : to start anew

2 : to resume (something, such as an activity) after interruption

intransitive verb

: to resume operation

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Other Words from restart

restart \ ˈrē-​ˌstärt , (ˌ)re-​ˈstärt \ noun
restartable \ (ˌ)re-​ˈstär-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of restart in a Sentence

They plan to restart negotiations next week. The tournament will restart tomorrow.

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The State Council, China’s cabinet, on Friday released guidelines to allow local governments to restart subway and light-rail projects put on hold in the past year when Beijing was worried about debt. WSJ, "Cash Flows: Beijing Opens the Taps With Rail Projects and More Lending," 13 July 2018 This isn't the first time that Carswell has attempted to restart her life. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 An impressive World Cup campaign with Belgium appears to have restarted rumours of an exit from Chelsea., "Barcelona Director Eric Abidal Refuses to Comment on Potential Move for Chelsea Star Eden Hazard," 12 July 2018 England tried to turn that celebration into an opportunity to restart play against no defense. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "England tried to take advantage of a nonexistent rule and score during Croatia's celebration," 12 July 2018 There are also cancer patients desperate to restart treatment, as well as the malnourished. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 That made the difference because Petty was not able to restart his car. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018 Tuesday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies presents another opportunity to restart his progress after a frustrating outing last week against the Seattle Mariners. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles find 'nothing discouraging' about Alex Cobb as search for consistency continues in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 Remove declining stems from black blackberries to allow new growths to restart the bushes. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of restart

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of restart

: to make (something) start again after it has stopped

: to start again after stopping

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