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[verb ree-boot; noun ree-boot, ree-boot] /verb riˈbut; noun riˈbut, ˈriˌbut/
verb (used with object)
to restart (a computer) by loading the operating system; boot again.
to produce a distinctly new version of (an established media franchise, as a film, TV show, video game, or comic book):
The studio is rebooting Spider-Man.
to make a change in (something) in order to establish a new beginning: She’s rebooting her career.
Lower interest rates are intended to reboot the economy.
verb (used without object)
(of a computer) to be restarted.
an act or instance of restarting a computer.
an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning:
a reboot of our product line.
a distinctly new version of an established media franchise:
The show will be a gritty reboot of the classic TV series from the 1970s. Unabridged
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to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
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Word Origin and History for reboot

1981, from re- + boot (v.) in the computer sense. Related: Rebooted; rebooting.

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reboot in Culture

reboot definition

A term that comes from computer usage. To reboot a computer is to start it up again after a computer crash. Hence, “reboot” has the connotation of starting a process over again.

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