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 Production is scheduled to resume on the Bronco Sport on Sept. 28. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford summer shutdown schedule gives workers glimpse into future," 15 May 2020 The company plans to resume its normal two-shift production schedule Thursday. Randy Diamond,, "Toyota reopens San Antonio plant, 12 others in North America," 11 May 2020 And in Texas, only a handful of small cinemas have taken advantage of the green light to resume business. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "When can I go see a movie? Hollywood and theaters ponder what’s next.," 8 May 2020 Testing capability is nowhere near the millions of additional tests needed to resume regular daily life, according to experts, nor is there widespread capacity to conduct contact tracing, another prerequisite. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Has Trump Reached the Lying-to-Himself-and-Believing-It Stage of the Coronavirus Pandemic?," 8 May 2020 Carnival Cruise Line plans to resume sailing on Aug. 1, becoming the first major cruise operator in the Americas to outline a return to operations after coronavirus outbreaks on several ships shuttered the industry. Jonathan Levin / Bloomberg, Time, "Carnival Cruise Line Announces Plan to Resume U.S. Sailings in August," 4 May 2020 The league’s hope at this point is the crisis will wane, allowing its football teams to resume practice and prepare for the 2020 campaign. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Conference USA considering shifting football media days to virtual format," 4 May 2020 Domestically, however, travel bans are being lifted, and businesses and schools urged to resume work. The Economist, "Chaguan China plans to crush new covid outbreaks with tough measures," 30 Apr. 2020 Elsewhere in Europe, Austria shut down quickly and has now allowed many businesses to resume, with plans to send students back to school next month with alternating classes. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The ‘Terrible Moral Choice’ of Reopening," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Families can also receive help from employment coaches who help build new resumes and access skills to regain employment. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Assistance Ministries is as busy as ever," 15 May 2020 This is an exceptional young team that will play the Astros and Yankees straight-up whenever and however play resumes. Bruce Jenkins,, "How would a lost baseball season affect Giants and A’s?," 15 May 2020 Tammy Duckworth's stellar resume may not be enough for presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick her as his running mate. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Tammy Duckworth's unique political profile may not be enough to earn Biden vice presidential slot," 13 May 2020 However, with its high rate of infections and overwhelmed emergency rooms, the New York City metropolitan area is unlikely to see nonessential business resume until June at the earliest. Diya Chacko, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: A revised death forecast," 11 May 2020 More: What to expect when dining-in resumes at Indiana restaurants Holcomb and Pence met last week when the vice president toured a GM facility in Kokomo that has produced ventilators. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb says Mike Pence called Indiana's reopen plan 'a model' for other states," 5 May 2020 Despite being the frontman for OneRepublic and starring on NBC's Songland, a show about songwriting, much of the world still doesn't know Tedder's full resume. Samantha Highfill,, "Ryan Tedder breaks down his biggest hits with Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, and more," 23 Apr. 2020 The Bo Ryan legacy Oddly enough, Bo Ryan's two years at Milwaukee were among the least impressive in terms of win-loss record on his impressive resume. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: UW-Milwaukee rampages to the Sweet 16," 22 Apr. 2020 For all purchases made for the March/April Ballpark Pass, these tickets will automatically be moved to the month in which play resumes, which will include the new opening day (date to be determined). Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For games through April postponed by pandemic, Brewers give ticket buyers their options," 29 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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)


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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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