re·​sume | \ ri-ˈzüm How to pronounce resume (audio) \
resumed; resuming; resumes

Essential Meaning of resume

1 : to begin again after stopping The game resumed after the rain stopped. Negotiations have resumed. See More ExamplesAfter the rain stopped, the teams resumed play. She sat down and resumed her work.Hide
2 : to take (a seat, place, position, etc.) again : to go back to (something) 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.

Full Definition of resume

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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 The launch of the missile into the sea came hours after the U.S. reaffirmed an offer to resume talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Kim Tong-hyung, Hyung-jin Kim And Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2021 The launch came hours after the U.S. reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program., 19 Oct. 2021 Attorneys planned to resume questioning potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery following a slow start and some admonishment from the judge to speed things along. Russ Bynum, ajc, 19 Oct. 2021 The launch came hours after the U.S. reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 United suspended its pet cargo services on April 12, 2020, and also has yet to resume it. cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 But some of the largest companies that serve South Florida are taking different paths as the industry waits to see whether COVID-19 infection rates recede enough to make consumers feel safe to resume communal workouts. Ron Hurtibise,, 17 Oct. 2021 Mexico must agree to resume the policy, but talks are proceeding, the Biden Administration said in court filings last week. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 But even if he is allowed to resume his career, the Sharks might not want him back. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With that status clearly stated on your resume, HR can freely proceed, knowing that your vax status won’t be an issue. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 This mindset and training can lead to more conservative financial reporting decisions when compared to CFOs without audit experience on their resume. Joseph Brazel, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Carlether Foley, 36, was an aspiring actress with several small roles on her resume. Steve Helling,, 4 Oct. 2021 The Sooners are one of three teams in the top 10 that don’t have a quality win on their resume. Matt Murschel,, 3 Oct. 2021 Foley was an actress with a handful of independent productions on her resume since 2018. Henri Hollis, ajc, 1 Oct. 2021 Phil is a former PGA professional with eight Lowell Cities Tournament titles on his resume., 18 Sep. 2021 At 44, the seven-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Super Bowl MVP has stacked 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and now a second season with the Buccaneers on his resume. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 And another 83% felt that a great cover letter could land a candidate an interview even if their resume isn’t good enough. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 12 Sep. 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 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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