re·​sume | \ri-ˈzüm \
resumed; resuming

Definition of resume 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to assume or take again : reoccupy resumed his seat by the fire— Thomas Hardy

2 : to return to or begin again after interruption resumed her work

3 : to take back to oneself

4 : to pick up again

intransitive verb

: to begin again something interrupted


ré·​su·​mé | \ˈre-zə-ˌmā, ˌre-zə-ˈmā also ˈrā-zə-ˌmā or ˌrā-zə-ˈmā\
variants: or resume or less commonly resumé

Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : summary

3 : a set of accomplishments a musical résumé

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Examples of resume in a Sentence


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.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a few more cycles of this struggle, with the horizontal tail now close to the limit of its movement, the captain resumed control and pulled back on the control column with high force. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 If the collateral isn’t posted, Crystallex could resume the auction process. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Venezuela Strikes Deal to Save Citgo From Seizure," 25 Nov. 2018 Work resumed at the sites earlier in 2018, following a hiatus in 2013. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door," 12 Nov. 2018 Production resumed after the holidays in January, and Netflix confirmed in August the show would return on Friday, November 2. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "House of Cards Season 6: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Oct. 2018 The confirmation process resumed during the morning of September 5. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "70 People Were Arrested During First Day of Kavanaugh Hearings," 5 Sep. 2018 After a rescue mission on Sunday failed to locate the crash because of bad weather, search resumed as of 7:30 a.m. Monday. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Denali Plane Crash: Search Continues for Survivors," 6 Aug. 2018 Several have resumed their operations, but others won’t come back online until tomorrow. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "iPhone supplier TSMC shut down factories after virus attack," 4 Aug. 2018 Thankfully, on Monday, August 27, Mars resumes forward motion in Capricorn, your opposite sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The practice is part of a general trend of some hiring companies to move away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and skills, towards making hiring decisions based on people’s personalities. Jason Bellini, WSJ, "Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring," 20 Sep. 2018 Here, five things to know about the 2018 Wimbledon champ and her impressive resume. 1. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Facts About Angelique Kerber, the German Tennis Star Who Just Won Wimbledon," 16 July 2018 Drake, also known as a collector of Hermès Birkin bags, has now added 'gifter of Chanel bags' to his resume. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Drake Gave Chanel Bags as Favors at His Birthday Party," 26 Oct. 2018 Eleanor Young, the latest addition to her resume, possesses a different kind of strength. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Hopes Crazy Rich Asians Will Turn the Trickle of Diversity in Hollywood "Into a Stream"," 27 Aug. 2018 Mayfield boasts the most impressive resume of any quarterback in this year’s class with 14,607 passing yards and 131 touchdowns in four years, as well a completion rate of more than 70% over the last two seasons. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Baker Mayfield could be 'outlier' Browns have been searching for at QB," 26 Apr. 2018 Interested parties can send a resume to Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 In fact, the practice of blindly sending your resumes to job openings is rarely successful. NBC News, "Planning a return-to-work? Don't make this #1 mistake," 30 Mar. 2018 If none of that seems like the resume of a team ranked No. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The last 25 NCAA tournament champions, ranked," 27 Mar. 2018

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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 1

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 \
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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