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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If left unchecked, the star said her new kidney would be at risk of going into rejection, which would force her into dialysis and restart her search for a new kidney. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland shares shocking photo of swollen face after hospitalization," 22 June 2018 The availability of jobs, and in some cases better pay, is causing workers to quit their jobs at record levels and is encouraging other Americans to start or restart job searches. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Jobless Claims Fall in Holiday Week," 12 July 2018 There were no news conferences during 2016 and 2017 about the issue of lead, and no public announcement that the Housing Authority had restarted inspections of apartments that had lapsed for years, starting late in the Bloomberg administration. New York Times, "Mayor Vows to ‘Eradicate’ Lead From New York City Housing Projects," 10 July 2018 The race restarted with seven laps left, with Larson making a bold pass for the lead, coming back from ninth after a slow pit stop. Steven Cole Smith,, "Kyle Larson takes Firecracker 250 after wild finish," 7 July 2018 In most cases, the error can be addressed by force quitting your browser or restarting your computer. Emily Price, Fortune, "Scammers Are Exploiting a Browser-Hijacking Google Chrome Bug (Again)," 5 July 2018 Note that the changes won't be applied to open apps until they're restarted. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 That’s 400 people who had dramatically better odds of getting a job or finding housing — of restarting their lives — because of Pelzer’s direct advocacy. Adrian Walker,, "Ex-offenders lose a tireless advocate," 3 July 2018 Once your files are copied over, hit the Start button on the RetroPie’s gamepad, go to Quit, and restart the system to refresh everything. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 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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The first known use of restart was in 1749

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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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