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

Keep scrolling for more

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: Verb The series is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and decades before the main arc resumed with The Force Awakens. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Mandalorian Is a Flashy but Flimsy Star Wars Story," 12 Nov. 2019 The Carroll County and Class 2A West champions added another championship to their resume this season with a 2A state title Saturday at Hereford High School. Megan Woodward,, "Girls Cross Country: Liberty wins second state title in six seasons," 9 Nov. 2019 And all that was before the funeral, which would start at a funeral home, resume at a church, and culminate at a cemetery before everyone was invited back for lunch. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 American forces were expelled for three years — until Washington caved and resumed arms supplies. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Untenable Alliance Is No Turkish Delight," 24 Oct. 2019 When Amtrak resumes Winter Park Express ski train service from Denver’s Union Station in January, service will be expanded to include all Fridays as well as Saturdays and Sundays. John Meyer, The Know, "Winter Park Express ski train expanding service to include all Fridays," 23 Oct. 2019 Harley-Davidson says its has resumed production of its LiveWire electric motorcycle after temporarily halting production on Oct. 14 to investigate a quality issue. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson resumes production of LiveWire; problem was with only one motorcycle," 21 Oct. 2019 A day after Wednesday’s rainout, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees resume the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium with Game 4 Thursday at 8:08 p.m. ET (on FS1). Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Houston Astros at New York Yankees ALCS Game 4 odds, lines, picks and betting tips," 16 Oct. 2019 So when Legislative Council resumes on the 16th of October, the regulation will be tabled in the Legislative Council for members’ discussion. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader on first use of emergency powers in 50 years to ban masks," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maatta was by far the more accomplished player in the deal, with 362 regular-season games, 69 playoffs games and two Stanley Cup titles on his resume. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Newcomer Olli Maatta is picking up the pace in his transition to the Blackhawks: ‘You’ve got to build every day’," 14 Sep. 2019 Based on resume, Girardi had every right to expect to be retained. Tom Verducci,, "Why the Red Sox Fired Dave Dombrowski After He Delivered a Championship," 9 Sep. 2019 The Panthers and Falcons each have quarterbacks with Super Bowl losses on their resumes but return in 2019 with reasons for optimism. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 Other memorable gigs on their resume include playing Bullet on AMC’s The Killing and a role in the upcoming movie Blackbird, with Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Actor Bex Taylor-Klaus on the Show's Third Season, Auditioning as a Non-Binary Actor, and More," 3 Sep. 2019 However, a quarterback with 37 careers starts on his resume likely won’t come free. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Looking at backup quarterbacks Colts could acquire in coming days," 30 Aug. 2019 With 29 top 10s on her resume, Minaj ranks third for the most among female acts in the chart’s history, dating to its 1958 origin. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign's 'Hot Girl Summer' Debuts in Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs," 21 Aug. 2019 Becky G can also claim a few acting roles on her resume. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Becky G's Net Worth Is Crazy High and She's Just 22," 20 Aug. 2019 The one thing that the Dragons don’t have on their resume is a state title. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "South Oldham football looking to 'kick that door down' in Class 5A," 12 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resume.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about resume

Statistics for resume

Last Updated

18 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for resume

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for resume


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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on resume

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for resume

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with resume

Spanish Central: Translation of resume

Nglish: Translation of resume for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of resume for Arabic Speakers

Comments on resume

What made you want to look up resume? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!