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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Artists like Courtney Barnett, Keith Urban, and others are announcing treks on what seems to be a daily basis as interstate flights resume (with reduced fares, a move backed by the government and intended to get business flowing). Poppy Reid, Rolling Stone, "Live From the Trans-Tasman Bubble: How Australia Brought Concerts Back," 4 May 2021 Once the agency reviews cruise line plans for adherence, large ship cruises could resume from U.S. ports as early as July. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruising Is Returning This Year, Here's What to Know," 4 May 2021 Classes ultimately did resume inside schools in stages after weeks of tense negotiations. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson to Step Down," 3 May 2021 After the arrival of their second child, a girl, later this year, Meghan will eventually resume some of her philanthropic work on behalf of women and girls. Washington Post, "Meghan and Harry are becoming your typical American mega-celebrities," 3 May 2021 Some of Kentucky’s most prominent leaders can start warming up their best zingers — the political speeches will resume at the Fancy Farm picnic after a one-year hiatus caused by COVID-19. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky’s Fancy Farm picnic will return in 2021 after year off due to COVID-19 pandemic," 3 May 2021 In-person naturalization ceremonies for immigrants will also resume May 6. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "After a year of digital hearings, Minnesota federal courts moving back to in-person operation," 30 Apr. 2021 This week, Delta will resume filling the middle seat on flights while Disneyland in California is opening its park gates for the first time in more than a year at around 25% attendance capacity. Travis Caldwell, CNN, "As America starts to reopen, experts warn more people need to get vaccinated," 30 Apr. 2021 The ships bearing thousands of vacationing passengers can resume operations so long as the overwhelming majority of those on board are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "CDC signals cruise ships can resume sailing in U.S. waters this summer," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The deadline for submissions is May 9. Submissions are made through Universal Orlando’s audition website, which requires a profile set-up with a resume, headshot, full-length and a link to the audition video. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal auditioning Halloween Horror Nights performers," 5 May 2021 Walking tours of the Mount Adams neighborhood resume Sunday for the season. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: April 30-May 2," 28 Apr. 2021 With a list of accolades as long as her resume, Godwin, who joined CBS News in 2007 currently serves as executive vice president of news, with oversight of the national desks, foreign desks and bureaus. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Kim Godwin Makes History As First Black Woman President At ABC News," 12 Apr. 2021 People make judgements on how a resume, LinkedIn profile or photo looks. Jack Kelly, Forbes, "Career Experts Offer The Pros And Cons Of LinkedIn’s New ‘Cover Story’ Video Feature," 4 Apr. 2021 Check out its weathered resume, seven years of postseason failure before last year’s success, their shield in the storm. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers will be the greatest team in baseball history," 29 Mar. 2021 Grammy-winning songwriter Bobby Sessions has one more title to add to his resume: Marvel Comics writer. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions lends his touch to ‘Black Panther’ comic series," 26 Mar. 2021 Demartini, 33, has a resume that includes a stop at Delray Beach hot spot Death or Glory, stints with restaurateur Dennis Max at Max’s Harvest and Max’s Social House, and the Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens. Ben Crandell,, "Fort Lauderdale cocktail lounge the Wilder changing its stripes, snares chef from Lionfish in Delray Beach," 19 Mar. 2021 The portfolio contains a resume, reference sheet, cover letter, transcripts and student achievements. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "High school seniors present digital portfolios at Senior Exit Interviews: Talk of the Towns," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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“Resume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to begin again after stopping
: to take (a seat, place, position, etc.) again : to go back to (something)



English Language Learners Definition of résumé (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job
: a list of achievements
formal : a short description of things that have happened


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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