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 restart (audio) \ adjective

Examples of restart in a Sentence

They plan to restart negotiations next week. The tournament will restart tomorrow.
Recent Examples on the Web Also funded is nearly $550,000 to restart a program sending postcards to vehicle owners reminding them to renew their registration every year. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "State budget plan spends big on education, transportation," 27 Feb. 2021 Feel free to cut them back as needed to restart the plants. Tom Maccubbin,, "When and how to fertilize pear trees," 27 Feb. 2021 Schools in wealthier areas tend to be more willing — and better prepared — than their poorer counterparts to restart in-class instruction, at least in L.A. County, as The Times revealed in an investigation earlier this month. Susanne Rust Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Reopening high schools gets ugly, divisive in Bay Area district where rich and poor mix," 27 Feb. 2021 In today's world, felons — particularly Black felons — are treated as less than while trying to restart their lives, and this motivates more crime. Sonia Kharbanda, Star Tribune, "Criminal justice reform student contest: Second place, middle school," 27 Feb. 2021 At a Thursday meeting, the European Union's national leaders (a group called the European Council) discussed the common vaccination certificates that could help to restart European travel. David Meyer, Fortune, "A ‘fast lane’ for the vaccinated? Europe inches closer to COVID-19 vaccine passports," 26 Feb. 2021 The administration decision to launch the strike comes, as the U.S. is attempting to restart the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Biden Orders U.S. Airstrike in Syria, Targeting Iran-Backed Militia," 26 Feb. 2021 Initial reaction to the strike was largely positive, especially from Republicans, who wondered if the administration's initial hesitancy to blame Iran for the rocket attacks was due to Biden’s desire to restart nuclear negotiations with Tehran. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Message delivered: US strikes signal Iranian proxies they will pay a price for rocket attacks," 26 Feb. 2021 The Medicaid portion of the Energy and Commerce package includes a provision from Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., that would restart Medicaid benefits for incarcerated individuals 30 days before release. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Mental health experts say more funding is needed to address pandemic-related stresses," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Restart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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