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 Shortly after action resumed at Yale Bowl, an Ivy League competitor, Dartmouth College, clinched a 29-23 victory over Brown University, which means that the Yale Bulldogs need to beat Harvard to earn a share of the Ancient Eight title. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Yale-Harvard football game disrupted by climate protesters storming field," 23 Nov. 2019 The game resumed Wednesday in a cavernous, but almost empty, N.F.L. stadium, closed to the public except for several hundred family and friends of the players. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "No Joy in Victory in a Football Game Interrupted by a Young Boy’s Shooting," 21 Nov. 2019 Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Wheel of Fortune' Host Pat Sajak Speaks Out About His Recent Health Scare," 20 Nov. 2019 The attacks resumed as Vindman prepared to testify in public. Anchorage Daily News, "Attacking witnesses is Trump’s core defense strategy in fighting impeachment," 19 Nov. 2019 Communal clashes broke out between Hindus and Muslims soon after regular prayers were resumed. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "The Ayodhya dispute has cast a shadow on the future of these Indian mosques," 9 Nov. 2019 Just a few laps after the race resumed following the second stage, while still in the top three, Johnson got loose and couldn't keep the No. Stephen Hawkins, Houston Chronicle, "Kevin Harvick has Cup title shot after 3rd straight Texas fall win," 3 Nov. 2019 Investor attention has shifted to corporate earnings as tension eased after Washington and Beijing resumed negotiations. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "S&P 500 hits new highs as investors brush aside slowdown fears," 28 Oct. 2019 The confrontations began early in the morning after anti-government demonstrations resumed, following a three-week hiatus. Fox News, "Iraq protests turn deadly as anti-government demonstrators clash with police," 26 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Wolverines just won the most competitive preseason tournament and significantly enhanced their NCAA tournament resume. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Juwan Howard has Michigan basketball looking elite after run in Bahamas. Here's how," 29 Nov. 2019 The senior guard added another 40-point performance to his lengthy resume and hit tough shots down the stretch to lift the Golden Eagles to a 73-63 victory over Davidson in the first round of the Orlando Invitational at HP Fieldhouse on Thursday. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette 73, Davidson 63: Howard scores 40 to lead Golden Eagles," 28 Nov. 2019 Make sure your resume features new skills and recent experiences. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Facing racial discrimination in the workplace? Ask HR," 27 Nov. 2019 If either Oregon or Utah wins the Pac-12 at 12-1, its resume would be superior to a 12-1 Oklahoma team that lost to Kansas State or a 12-1 Baylor team that struggled to beat some of its weakest opponents. C.j. Doon,, "Five things we learned from the College Football Playoff rankings for Week 13," 20 Nov. 2019 Her resume is long — she's been on four USA gold medal teams — and her accolades include first-team All-USA honors by USA TODAY, All-USA Washington first team and 2019 Naismith High School All-America honorable mention, among others. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball inks top-10 recruit Hailey Van Lith for 2020 recruiting class," 16 Nov. 2019 Before Thursday’s announcement, Klinkhart had most recently worked as director of drug policy for the Department of Health and Social Services, according to a copy of his resume. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy names temporary alcohol, marijuana boss," 15 Nov. 2019 Mina Chang, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, was in consideration for an even more senior job with USAID until Congress started looking into her resume. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Is It Time to Stop Describing Women as ‘Badass’?," 13 Nov. 2019 Post Malone adds a major achievement to his Billboard resume as his Beerbongs & Bentleys album logs a record-tying 77th week in the top 10 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Post Malone Just Tied His Own Record On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart," 7 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce résumé (audio)

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)


How to pronounce résumé (audio)

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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