re·​start | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio) \
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 How to pronounce restart (audio) , (ˌ)re-​ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio) \ noun
restartable \ (ˌ)re-​ˈstär-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce restartable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of restart in a Sentence

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

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Today’s news that prosecutors dismissed the Flint water crisis criminal cases in an effort to restart the investigations is painful. . . Washington Post, "Michigan authorities drop all criminal charges relating to Flint water crisis," 14 June 2019 The incidents come as Iran is promising to restart elements of its nuclear program, following the US's withdrawal from the nuclear pact last year. Helen Regan, CNN, "How the Oman tanker attack played out," 14 June 2019 Other familiar planets and characters have yet to be revealed, but Cal will eventually connect with another former Jedi and attempt to restart the Jedi order. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "E3 2019: In 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,' video game you become a Jedi Knight," 9 June 2019 The overall costs to restart the service are $65.9 million., "Ivey says questions remain before Alabama can commit to Amtrak’s Mobile return," 8 June 2019 The White House is moving forward with plans to significantly weaken vehicle pollution standards, rejecting a last-minute appeal to President Trump by some of the world’s largest car manufacturers to restart negotiations with California. Anna M. Phillips,, "White House rejects carmakers’ plea for a deal with California on emissions," 7 June 2019 Optimism had sparked May 22 when WGA West president David Goodman accepted the proposal from UTA co-president Jay Sures, his former agent, that the parties meet and attempt to restart talks that failed April 12. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Agencies Up Packaging Fee Revenue Share In Talks With Writers," 7 June 2019 Kagalula had to restart his life from scratch and now lives in a ragged straw hut. Alec Jacobson, National Geographic, "Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake," 3 May 2019 Moon is eager to restart economic cooperation with North Korea to cement improved relations on the divided peninsula. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 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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