resume

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

résumé

noun
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

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

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

With European Union funding, the Libyan coast guard retrieves migrants from the Mediterranean Sea and returns them to detention centers nominally run by the Libyan government, where migrants say the abuse resumes. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Study: Sexual torture widespread for migrants seeking Europe," 25 Mar. 2019 Apple suppliers have also recently resumed making the iPhone X, the 2017 model that Apple had stopped selling at its own stores, people familiar with the matter said. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Not So Big in Japan: Apple Cuts Price of iPhone XR to Boost Sales," 22 Nov. 2018 Pakistan and Iran are thought to be getting closer, with the two countries having recently resumed discussions over continuing a $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan pipeline project that started five years ago but has largely remained stalled. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Iran, in shadow proxy war with Saudis, expands its Pakistan influence," 12 Sep. 2018 More recently, its brokers from Eastdil Secured resumed marketing it to potential buyers. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Former John Hancock Center is getting a new owner: Sterling Bay," 12 July 2018 Your video will play in: 5 seconds SABRES 2018 DEVELOPMENT CAMP - DAY ONE Play Video | 02:51 Your video will resume shortly. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "He grew up on Idaho's rinks. Now he's fighting for a spot in the NHL.," 29 June 2018 The director most recently resumed a volunteer additional work program for her central office staff and reminded all of them they could be fired at any time. Craig Harris, azcentral, "State Parks, under public pressure, rehires fired employee being treated for cancer," 15 June 2018 Trade talks are due to resume in Beijing on Thursday. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Asian shares mixed following rebound on Wall Street," 26 Mar. 2019 Construction was halted in 1985 due to low energy prices and only resumed in 2007. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Career Transitions Resume Writing Class Bring a rough draft of your resume and employment history; must have email address. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Plantation and Sunrise area events, June 20-30," 18 June 2018 Business and Career Programs: This program on tips and current trends in resume and cover letter writing offers explanations of the style that can set your materials apart from others. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Meet authors Marty Gitlin, Ace Atkins at Independence Library," 30 Apr. 2018 Her resume's blend of fashion campaigns and philanthropy work is beyond impressive, but the recent listing her NYC apartment has us all praising her interior design taste too. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Are Selling Their $7 Million NYC Apartment," 4 Mar. 2019 People who had stopped looking for work are sending out resumes. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Media Keep Falling Into the Trump Trap," 21 Aug. 2018 Its candidate, Jose Antonio Meade, failed to gain traction with voters who would not give him the benefit of the doubt in spite of his ample resume in government and being an outsider to the ruling party. Washington Post, "Mexico elections center on disgust with corruption, violence," 1 July 2018 That should be familiar to Amazon, which had to retire its resume-reading AI earlier this year due to its tendency to favor men over women. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s resume is certainly marked by prestige, groomed for exactly this nomination. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s resume is certainly marked by prestige, groomed for exactly this nomination. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Yale students and alumni blast law school for praising Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s choice for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of resume

Verb

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

Noun

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resume

Verb

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

Noun

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

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resume

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

résumé

noun

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

resume

verb
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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