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

transitive verb

: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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 resumedAmy Waldman


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ré·​su·​mé ˈre-zə-ˌmā How to pronounce résumé (audio)
 also  ˈrā-zə-ˌmā,
 or  ˌrā-zə-ˈmā
variants or resume or less commonly resumé
plural résumés or resumes also resumés
: 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
: 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
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
Dierks Bentley is resuming his Gravel & Gold Tour this summer. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 In early February, the calls resumed — nearly all voicemails to the newspaper’s reader inbox, which receives complaints and comments about coverage. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Production resumed in December 2023, according to Screen Daily. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 After being cleared to resume football activities in April, Hamlin eventually returned to the field, first during one of the team’s preseason games and then occasionally throughout the season and playoffs. Homero De La Fuente, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 When the gold rush cooled in the late 19th century, farming and ranching resumed their central roles. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Over the past 12 months, Sun Peak management has actively engaged with stakeholders and various levels of government in preparation for resuming exploration work on the Shire Project. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 This month, Max returned to the U.S. for yet another surgery, to restart the implant, and then, hopefully, resume his life. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 It was hoped that follow-on phases would lead to other releases, but intense fighting quickly resumed amid mutual recriminations and allegations of bad faith and violations of the agreement by both Israel and Hamas. Susannah George, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024
Employees have the opportunity to work with our folks who specialize in hiring to review and give feedback on resumes and interviewing skills. Denise Triba, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Big picture: The Broncos had a chance to claim the inside track for the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament and build on their NCAA Tournament resume against a couple of Quad 1 teams this past week. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 11 Feb. 2024 An upset of the conference-leading Tar Heels on ESPN Saturday in front of a sellout crowd would certainly help their resume and make national headlines. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 When news of her Universal gig made its way to TikTok, a handful of creators not-so-politely called Sweeney out with some claiming to have inside intel thanks to Universal Studios tenures on their own resumes. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 Not to get all IMDb on you, but the 68-year-old Yakusho has the sort of resume that suggests range, depth, and an enviable ability to contour a role to his strengths rather than go full Method chameleon. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 The dramatic-looking GTP prototypes have a lot to do with it—powerful hybrid racing cars from Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche are bringing in the fans and, in some cases, some pretty famous drivers with F1 or IndyCar wins on their resumes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Feb. 2024 But the most relevant experiences on their resumes have come from outside of North Carolina. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 25 Jan. 2024 Comment: The glaring shortcoming within Oregon’s resume: 11 of the 14 victories are classified as Quadrant III or IV results. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of resume was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Resume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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1 of 2 verb
re·​sume ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio)
resumed; resuming
: to take again : occupy again
resume your seats
: to begin again or go back to
resumed the game the next day


2 of 2 noun
variants or resume also resumé
: a brief statement : summary
a résumé of the news
: a short account of one's career and qualifications for a job

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