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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in June to restart talks. Washington Post, "Tariffs to Talks: The U.S.-China Trade War, Explained," 13 Dec. 2019 The two leaders held a brief, impromptu meeting at the Korean border in late June and agreed to restart diplomacy., "SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won’t meet with the United States for more ‘‘sickening negotiations’’ unless it abandons its ‘‘hostile policy’’ against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden.," 7 Oct. 2019 The two leaders held a brief, impromptu meeting at the Korean border truce village of Panmunjom in late June and agreed to restart diplomacy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Korean negotiator says new talks depend on US attitude," 7 Oct. 2019 The Asean meeting would have been the first chance for a high-level encounter between the sides since Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands in the Demilitarized Zone last month and agreed to restart working level talks. Jihye Lee, Fortune, "North Korea Launches Missiles Ahead of Pompeo’s Visit to Asia," 30 July 2019 By then, Gilead had resumed development work on TAF and, in fact, had won a patent in 2010, which is also when the company restarted a marketing application with the Food and Drug Administration. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Activists seek to block a Gilead patent extension on a lucrative HIV drug," 6 Dec. 2019 But most of those people had found other jobs and the application process restarted. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's $4 million budget surplus will likely fund pensions, rainy day fund, police," 5 Dec. 2019 Top seeds that enter the postseason on a long layoff could be at a disadvantage against opponents that already played and restarted the engine. Chris Fuhrmeister, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United players find pros and cons in new MLS Cup playoffs format," 7 Nov. 2019 Just before 8 that morning, almost exactly 12 hours after the cyberattack on the Olympics had begun, Oh and his sleepless staffers finished reconstructing their servers from backups and began restarting every service. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Olympic Destroyer: The Cyberattack on the 2018 Winter Games," 24 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'restart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of restart

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about restart

Time Traveler for restart

Time Traveler

The first known use of restart was in 1749

See more words from the same year

Statistics for restart

Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Restart.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for restart


How to pronounce restart (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of restart

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on restart

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for restart

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with restart

Spanish Central: Translation of restart

Nglish: Translation of restart for Spanish Speakers

Comments on restart

What made you want to look up restart? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help to grow, develop, or succeed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!