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reboot

[verb ree-boot; noun ree-boot, ree-boot]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to restart (a computer) by loading the operating system; boot again.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  1. (of a computer) to be restarted.
noun
  1. an act or instance of restarting a computer.
  2. an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning: a reboot of our product line.
  3. a distinctly new version of an established media franchise: The show will be a gritty reboot of the classic TV series from the 1970s.
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reboot

verb
  1. to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reboot

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reboot in Culture

reboot

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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