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 While the Senate returns to session Monday, the House doesn’t resume until after the Monday following the rally. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 In the end, negotiations over funding for the train and other transportation projects will resume early next year. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 The public portion of the proceedings will resume on Monday. Shannon K. Crawford, John Parkinson, ABC News, 10 Sep. 2021 Netflix shared the first trailer for Diana: The Musical on Thursday, ahead of the musical's premiere on the streaming platform on October 1 (the show will resume Broadway previews on November 2). Stephanie Petit,, 9 Sep. 2021 Broadway performances resume on September 14th, and among the stars returning to the Great White Way is Jeanna de Waal. Vogue, 9 Sep. 2021 Then, in November, the show will once again resume live performances on Broadway. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 If oil prices remain in the $70 per barrel level, growth in oil production may resume and may increase the supply of natural gas. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 But those hopes are fading as the busy summer travel season peters out, and the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 postpones some companies’ plans to return to offices and resume in-person meetings and events. WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Anderson joined a defensive end group that, like him, already had a lot of football on its resume. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 Still, someone with Fortune 100 companies on their resume and a degree in engineering could start a business doing just about anything and education may not seem like the obvious choice. Derek Newton, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The performance of Bryant and UCF’s defensive line will be key in slowing down Boise State starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier, who is entering his junior season with 13 starts on his resume. Jason Beede,, 31 Aug. 2021 Pierce, 49, is a civil litigator from California with a degree from Harvard Law and partnerships at three white-shoe law firms on his resume. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 31 Aug. 2021 The other key returning players in the receivers room are all underclassmen with no more than seven career receptions on their resume — guys like Ze’Vian Capers, Ja’Varrius Johnson, Elijah Canion, Kobe Hudson and Malcolm Johnson Jr. Tom Green |, al, 14 Aug. 2021 With over 200 careers on her resume, Barbie celebrates role models and inspires generation after generation to reach beyond the stars and achieve their dreams. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 Add another tournament championship to the resume as Bayside captured Montgomery Academy’s Mayor’s Cup Tournament over the weekend. Dennis Victory, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Spiller’s sophomore campaign in 2020 bolstered the Spring native’s resume as one of the top running backs in the SEC. Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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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)



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
: a short description of things that have happened : summary


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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