re·​sump·​tion | \ ri-ˈzəm(p)-shən How to pronounce resumption (audio) \

Definition of resumption

1 : an act or instance of resuming : recommencement
2 : a return to payment in specie

Examples of resumption in a Sentence

The rain has stopped, but we're still waiting for the resumption of the game. Resumption of peace talks is expected soon.
Recent Examples on the Web The state previously authorized the resumption of in-person classes at high schools and the partial reopening of movie theaters. Arkansas Online, "States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new variant," 28 Jan. 2021 Last month, Melton suspended the resumption of jury trials statewide until the pandemic subsides. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Defense lawyers raise COVID-19 fears in Georgia death penalty case," 26 Jan. 2021 Key to a full recovery is the resumption of business travel, which has lagged behind leisure travel in the months since the pandemic hit. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Passenger traffic at Cleveland Hopkins airport drops 59% in 2020," 21 Jan. 2021 Ensuring access to child care and resumption of in-school learning to return employees to the workplace. Doug Loon, Star Tribune, "Opportunity over division in economic recovery," 19 Jan. 2021 The resumption of federal executions after a 17-year pause started on July 14. Heather Hollingsworth, USA TODAY, "First US execution of female inmate in 67 years halted," 12 Jan. 2021 Pointing to the efforts made in some other communities to draw upon the experience of their residents, the Newton group of experts offered their help and advocated for the safe resumption of in-person classes for students. John Hilliard,, "Newton physicians, councilors call for expert panel to help fully reopen schools," 12 Jan. 2021 While many Americans hope to see the resumption of travel later this year as vaccines tame the coronavirus pandemic, most people are unlikely to pursue trips during the first half of 2021. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "New limited-time benefits added to American Express Platinum cards," 5 Jan. 2021 Although the line suspended service due to COVID-19, business leaders expect the rail line’s eventual resumption will deliver large numbers of potential customers to the area’s doorstep. David Lyons,, "Dozens of new stores and restaurants are coming, despite COVID-19," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of resumption

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resumption

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin resumption-, resumptio, from Latin resumere

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“Resumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resumption

formal : an act of starting something again after it has stopped : an act of resuming something


re·​sump·​tion | \ ri-ˈzəmp-shən How to pronounce resumption (audio) \

Kids Definition of resumption

: the act of starting again

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