re·​sume | \ ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio) \
resumed; resuming; resumes

Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to assume or take again : reoccupy resumed his seat by the fire …— Thomas Hardy When the break was over and I'd resumed my place on the stand, the teacher asked for a twenty-minute pose and gave me a stool.— Elizabeth Hollander
2 : to return to or begin (something) again after interruption She resumed her work. When official mourning was over, Soviet television resumed its normal pace.— Bel Kaufman Her face was changing, resuming its usual expression of gleeful malice.— Gail Carson Levine
3 : to take (something) back to oneself : reclaim If Waukeshaw Development fails to meet the requirements in the agreement, the town can foreclose on the property and resume ownership.— Shannon Keith
4 : to pick (something) up again : to go back to using or doing (something, such as a way of behaving) resume an old habit The very idea of resuming smoking is so loathsome that it drives the thought out of my head.— A. M. Rosenthal She soon got tired of him and banished him, resuming her way of living as a free spinster.— George Bernard Shaw After a quarter-century of creative silence, Goldschmidt resumed composing.— Norman Lebrecht

intransitive verb

: to begin again after a pause or interruption … emerged from the courthouse the day the trial resumed— Amy Waldman


ré·​su·​mé | \ ˈre-zə-ˌmā How to pronounce résumé (audio) , ˌre-zə-ˈmā also ˈrā-zə-ˌmā or ˌrā-zə-ˈmā \
variants: or resume or less commonly resumé
plural résumés or resumes also resumés

Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 US
a : a short account of one's career and qualifications : curriculum vitae For the internship, I submitted my résumé, work samples, and a cover letter.— Tami Nguyen … a 90-minute telephone interview with a personnel manager at Intel, who has forwarded the resume to the hiring manager …— Hal Lancaster
b : a set of accomplishments a musical résumé [Lucy] Liu's artistic resume is an impressive one; her website displays sculptural works in wood, resin, and bronze, as well as embroidery, silkscreen, assemblage, a Jasper Johns-style deconstructed American flag, and more.— Emma Specter
2 formal : summary He gave a resume of the club's activities throughout the year.Farming Life … the business of the evening commenced with a resume of the events that had taken place over the summer.The Stourbridge (England) News

Examples of resume in a Sentence

Verb The game resumed after the rain stopped. After the rain stopped, the teams resumed play. She sat down and resumed her work. He shook his visitor's hand and resumed his seat. I resumed my place at the podium. She will be resuming her position at the company. Noun If you would like to be considered for the job, please submit your résumé. His musical résumé includes performances at Carnegie Hall, a stint with the New York Philharmonic, and two Grammys. a brief résumé of the news See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In October 2021, Pringle voiced support for mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students in order to resume in-person learning. Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 An agreement to resume food shipments was reached only after months of negotiations made urgent by reports of rising food prices and spreading hunger. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Approval to resume deliveries would be a boost for Boeing, which collects a big chunk of each plane’s purchase price at delivery. David Koenig, ajc, 30 July 2022 Executives said Wednesday Boeing appeared on the verge of receiving regulatory approval to resume deliveries of its wide-body 787 Dreamliner. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Ukraine has called for shipping companies to take part in a caravan to transport grain but says efforts to resume grain exports will not be easy following Russia’s missile strike on the port of Odessa. David Walker, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 Ukraine’s efforts to resume grain exports from its Black Sea ports, something that would help ease global food shortages, under a new deal tested by a Russian strike on Odesa over the weekend. Susie Blann, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 Ukraine’s efforts to resume grain exports from its Black Sea ports, something that would help ease global food shortages, under a new deal tested by a Russian strike on Odesa over the weekend. Susie Blann, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the Ukrainian military as saying after the strike that the missiles did not hit the port’s grain storage area or cause significant damage and Kyiv said preparations to resume grain shipments were ongoing. Reuters, NBC News, 24 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's something missing from the resume of Murray, who lost the only playoff game of his first three seasons in the league, along with just about everyone else whose contract rivals that of the Kansas City quarterback. Dave Skretta, ajc, 24 July 2022 According to court documents, the contractor later discovered the woman used a fake resume and fabricated the degrees and qualifications listed on the application. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 23 July 2022 The Red Sox resume play Friday evening against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Globe Staff,, 21 July 2022 Athing Mu has the running resume that many top athletes work their whole careers to achieve—and Mu has accomplished all of it while barely out of her teens. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 21 July 2022 Smith, on the other hand, was the guy with the scraggy mullet who hails from Down Under and wasn’t frightening anyone despite a resume that included a victory in the Players. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 Is killing the resume in favor of skills tests a big part of it? Aparna Dhinakaran, Forbes, 11 July 2022 If North West ever pursues a career as a special effects make-up artist, here's an item for the resume: her work almost got her mom arrested for murder. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 11 July 2022 Missing, however, from the resume is a world championship. oregonlive, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resume


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for resume


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resumer, from Latin resumere, from re- + sumere to take up, take — more at consume


French résumé, from past participle of résumer to resume, summarize, from Middle French resumer

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re·​sume | \ ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio) \
resumed; resuming

Kids Definition of resume

1 : to begin again The teams resumed play.
2 : to take or occupy again Please resume your seats.

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