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 When play resumed, Pliskova won the next three games and broke Martic to lead 5-3 before serving out to win the first set., "Spain won its second World Cup basketball championship, defeating Argentina, 95-75, on Sunday in Beijing to give," 16 Sep. 2019 Can Oregon State get some of its wounded back in two weeks when the Beavers resume play against Stanford? oregonlive, "Oregon State takes a satisfying 45-7 win over Cal Poly into an off week, but injuries are mounting," 15 Sep. 2019 Players found out their game was over when a representative from the Kent, Ohio, university announced over the sound system that the game had ended and the teams would resume the second overtime period at 5:30 p.m. -- seven hours later. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "A field hockey game at Kent State was canceled for football pre-game fireworks," 10 Sep. 2019 When the game resumed, Billingham regrouped to get Dusty Baker and Dave Johnson – two future Reds managers – to groundout. Mark Schmetzer,, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 13 – April 4, 1974 – Marty Brennaman's first home run call," 5 Sep. 2019 That will likely happen when the legislature resumes in January. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "ILEARN scores are back and fewer than half of Indiana's students passed. Here's what's next.," 4 Sep. 2019 The search for three men, ages 63, 40 and 32, who were also on the boat was suspended overnight, but two of them were found when the search resumed Tuesday morning, said Capt., "4 dead, including 6-year-old boy, after boat capsizes along river in central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 When the video resumes, Gallegos can be seen going in and out of the bedroom. Emilie Eaton,, "Husband of missing San Antonio woman seen unloading chainsaw, two shovels in front of home, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 But when the match resumed the next day, Gibson, 23, was visibly unnerved by the hordes of photographers, and Brough beat her in just 11 minutes. New York Times, "Althea Gibson, Tennis Star Ahead of Her Time, Finally Gets Her Due," 26 Aug. 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

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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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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.

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