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

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had expected that deficit to drop a bit in the current year before resuming an indefinite upward path. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 Some small countries with menacing neighbours, like Sweden and Lithuania, are resuming conscription for defensive purposes. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 Once the cramps subside, an athlete can resume physical activity. Shelby Dermer,, "Parents and athletes: How to spot and treat heat-related illnesses this summer," 3 July 2018 The shuttle resumes service after the fireworks, with the last shuttles departing at 11 p.m. Batavia’s fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, centered at Main Street and Millview Drive. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Parades, fireworks in store for Aurora area on Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 The situation has cooled off and talks between Northland and CRDA have resumed. Jenna Carlesso,, "CRDA Receives One Bid For Purchase Of Hartford's Aging XL Center," 29 June 2018 And with coffee and cocktails, the dancing resumed. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Sun Literally Never Set at This Wedding in Iceland," 28 June 2018 SeaWorld’s associate general counsel Kathleen Liever will resume his duties as interim senior vice president of human resources until the company’s board names a permanent replacement. Gabrielle Russon,, "SeaWorld HR director Jack Roddy leaves company," 27 June 2018 Moon said military generals and Red Cross officials from the Koreas will also meet separately to discuss how to ease military tensions and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The Seattle Times, "Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Richardson, however, hasn't sent out a single resume. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Mount Carmel grad Steve Richardson a gentle giant determined to prove NFL worth," 20 Mar. 2018 Interested candidates can send resumes to and can call Coach Jones at 513-301-9705. Melanie Laughman,, "Preps Quick Hits: Coaches named at Colerain, Middletown; perfect game for Milford alum," 1 Mar. 2018 To inquire about employment, send resumes to or call Rich Yokeley at (205) 902-3363. William Thornton,, "Full Moon BBQ coming to Trussville this fall," 27 Feb. 2018 The resume includes a Class 4A state title two years ago and a 96-9 overall record. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "While Romeo Langford gets the hype, New Albany's Sean East is OK with his best season ever," 27 Feb. 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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