re·​start (ˌ)rē-ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio)
restarted; restarting; restarts

transitive verb

: to start anew
: to resume (something, such as an activity) after interruption

intransitive verb

: to resume operation
restartable adjective

Examples of restart in a Sentence

They plan to restart negotiations next week. The tournament will restart tomorrow.
Recent Examples on the Web Soon enough, however, Asma opens an afterschool program, Malak opens an art gallery, and Yasmina restarts her bridal services business. Andrew Leon Hanna, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Conversely, a refusal of the request would restart the case’s path to a trial, which does not yet have a date set. Antonio Pequeño Iv, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 As the city has struggled to restart weekly collection, the amount of recyclables being placed on Baltimore curbs has increased with the introduction of larger recycling bins across the city in 2021. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2024 The Aconcagua plant on the country’s central coast was placed in a what’s known as a safe position to begin gradually restarting operations, a company official said in text messages late Saturday. James Attwood, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2024 That’s because several traditional nuclear plants in Japan that were put on pause after Fukushima will soon be restarted, and new reactors in China, India, South Korea and Europe will start operating. Angela Dewan, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Related Articles Gaetz, who led the charge to oust former McCarthy, has privately blamed McCarthy for the committee restarting its probe under the California Republican’s watch. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The effect of these commands is undone by restarting the Target Devices. 23. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 Encounters would have to fall to an average of 75 percent of the shutdown thresholds for a week before affected processes could be restarted. Karoun Demirjian, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of restart was in 1749

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Cite this Entry

“Restart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​start rē-ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio)
: to start anew
restarted the car
: to resume (as an activity) after an interruption
will restart the game
: to resume operation
the rides will restart after one hour

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