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.
Recent Examples on the Web On the same day that Mr Ross was describing his fears, his department issued its first set of licences permitting some American companies to restart sales to Huawei. The Economist, "Huawei keeps on going," 30 Nov. 2019 Rhone said, instructing them to inject the patient with epinephrine, a medication used as a last resort to restart the heart. Washington Post, "The most remote emergency room," 17 Nov. 2019 In the past year, Oregon and Washington legislators have ponied up money to restart a project office dedicated to the project. oregonlive, "Kate Brown and Jay Inslee will meet Monday to talk Interstate Bridge," 15 Nov. 2019 The company responsible for a toxic gas leak that shut down the Delaware Memorial Bridge for hours last November has been given the go-ahead to restart its chemical plant along the Delaware River. USA TODAY, "‘Embracing tree,’ buffalo retirement, castaway cows: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 Also starting his career at Indiana State, Woods decided to restart his recruitment and transferred to Pima before convincing Fair to join him and ultimately signing with Oregon. Evan Dudley, al, "‘We need more than that’: Meet UAB defensive lineman Tony Fair," 12 Oct. 2019 The parent company of Toys R Us is turning to a rival to restart its e-commerce business ahead of the holiday shopping season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parent of Toys R Us teams up with Target to power online biz," 8 Oct. 2019 Mengmeng Xilin isn't the only coal power plant to have quietly restarted construction or gone into operation since the notice was sent in 2017. David Culver, CNN, "China struggling to kick its coal habit despite Beijing's big climate pledges," 28 Sep. 2019 Iran has since taken steps to restart parts of its nuclear program. New York Times, "U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Wandering Iranian Oil Tanker," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of restart

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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3 Dec 2019

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“Restart.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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

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