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

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 The measures appeared to be designed to encourage the International Monetary Fund to restart a bailout program worth $6 billion that was negotiated in 2019 after years of stagnating growth. Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News, 16 June 2022 In resuming production, Abbott will need to restart equipment and conduct multiple test runs and checks on its ingredients and products. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 19 May 2022 Now Scandrick, 35, has been hired to restart the program in his first head coaching job. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Likewise, in 2003, an unchecked Saddam Hussein had incentives to restart his nuclear research program—a commitment problem exacerbated by uncertainty. Chris Blattman, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Cleveland City Hall announced Friday that a deal has been reached with Rumpke Waste & Recycling to restart the city’s recycling program that was abandoned in 2020. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 The city of Little Rock is looking to restart a program that paid homeless individuals an hourly wage for day labor sometime in the spring, according to the city manager. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 29 Dec. 2021 But Tesla has struggled to restart production at its Shanghai factory after Covid-19 lockdowns forced costly outages at the plant. Reuters, NBC News, 3 June 2022 Port officials are watching to see if there is a surge of imports once Chinese factories restart production. Paul Berger, WSJ, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of restart

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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18 Jun 2022

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“Restart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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