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

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 Butanis’ resume Butanis served as district administrative judge from Nov. 19, 1999 to May 26, 2010. The Aegis, "Search is on for new Harford district court judge following retirement of Judge Butanis," 27 June 2018 Now, after a long hiatus, archaeologists plan to resume digging this fall. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 This type of display might be particularly effective against aerial predators, for which an interrupted attack would not be easily resumed due to loss of inertia. Shane Black, National Geographic, "This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why," 8 June 2018 The First Lady is expected to resume her calendar today, Monday, June 4. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "A Complete Timeline of Melania Trump’s 24 Days Out of the Public Eye," 4 June 2018 Waukegan Fire Department personnel resumed the search Sunday morning with a dive team, and personnel and equipment from Lake and Mchenry counties. Lindsey Salvatelli, Lake County News-Sun, "Young boy's body pulled from Lake Michigan in Waukegan," 3 June 2018 Bargaining is likely to resume after SAG-AFTRA reaches a Netcode deal. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "SAG-AFTRA Netcode Contract Negotiations Begin," 1 June 2018 After a summer break, the RB Chorale will resume its rehearsals and accept new members in preparation for its holiday concert. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "RB Chorale show to feature Broadway hits, talented students," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 There are 19 appointees that have Heritage on their resumes. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Where the Trump administration came from," 15 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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