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 search for another 23 people still missing will resume at 5 a.m. Saturday, said Prapan Khanprasang, chief of the Phuket Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office. Vincent Thian,, "33 Chinese dead, 23 missing after boat sinks off Thai island," 6 July 2018 He has been told to resume for pre-season, the club want to have a chat with him over his future., "Leicester City Decide Against Selling Attacker After Impressive World Cup Displays," 30 June 2018 North and South Korea on Friday agreed that reunions for families who were separated by the Korean War would resume in August. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Reunions for families separated by Korean War to resume in August," 22 June 2018 The trial is expected to resume Friday afternoon with Villarreal continuing to testify in his defense. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Paranoid’ San Antonio man said he stabbed boyfriend during fight over hidden cameras," 21 June 2018 Prepare to resume taking screenshots of your favorites stories in peace, Instagram users. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Will No Longer Alert Users About Screenshots," 16 June 2018 But now Melania’s back, baby, and ready to resume her busy schedule of pointing at things and swatting the president’s hands away. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Melania’s Back, Baby!," 11 June 2018 At first, most of the lawn people stuck it out with the hope that the storm would relent and the music would resume. Nick Vadala,, "Deadheads take to social media after Dead & Co. show in Camden is cancelled due to weather," 4 June 2018 If successful, the platform could help Snap resume growing again by introducing features like Bitmoji and augmented reality lenses to a wider audience. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Snap launches a developer platform to bring Snapchat’s camera and Bitmoji to other apps," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Spang, a Woburn resident, wants to work full time again but thinks her resume gets screened out by digital application systems programmed to favor younger workers. Robert Weisman,, "Help wanted, but not from older workers: Many struggle to find jobs as employers post openings," 14 June 2018 This will be so exciting,’ and others that are looking to make this a career and jump around to be with as many community opportunities as possible on their resume. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Highland hosts modern take on classic fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’," 12 July 2018 By comparison, Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott all have seasons with at least 16 total touchdowns on their resumes. Eddie Brown,, "Fantasy Football 2018: Pittsburgh Steelers Preview," 6 July 2018 Some candidates might be Excel gurus who dubbed themselves data scientists on their resumes to increase marketability, Luke said. Ally Marotti,, "Companies in need of data scientists look to standardized test for hiring help," 5 July 2018 An offense that features five players with All-Star appearances on their resumes has produced the fewest runs per game in the American League at 3.71 as well as the lowest on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.682), with a team batting average of .231. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Duquette: 'We've got to put a little bit sharper focus on the future'," 3 June 2018 Nobody lingered on their resumes in terrorism, which ranged from serving as low-level functionaries in jihadi networks to ordering beheadings. Carla Power,, "'We have four generations of former terrorists here today': Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia," 20 Apr. 2018 New Southlake Carroll head football coach Riley Dodge leapfrogged four head coaches with state championships on their resumes, according to information released Friday by the Carroll school district. Eric Zarate And Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Riley Dodge beat some deep talent to land Carroll head football coach job | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Apr. 2018 The Cavs had a messy January, and Harden and the Rockets do not have such a bad month on their resumes. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "LeBron James won't win award, but he's having an MVP season," 30 Mar. 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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