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[verb ree-set; noun ree-set] /verb riˈsɛt; noun ˈriˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), reset, resetting.
to set again:
to reset an alarm clock; to reset a broken bone.
to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way:
to reset priorities; to reset prices.
to illegally set back the odometer on (an auto or other vehicle) to a lower reading:
a used-car dealer charged with resetting his cars.
verb (used without object), reset, resetting.
to become set again:
The alarm bell resets automatically.
an act or instance of setting again.
an act or instance of setting, adjusting, or fixing something in a new or different way:
A reset of relations between the two countries may be impossible. Company executives recognized the need for a reset in their business.
something that is set again.
a plant that is replanted.
a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.
Origin of reset
First recorded in 1645-55; re- + set
Related forms
resettable, adjective
resetter, noun Unabridged
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  • Some of the diamonds had been reset, and she wore them at various official functions.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • That will make no difference to the owner, as I shall have it reset at my own expense.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • These are yours; I saved them from the fire that day you behaved so rudely to them, and have had them reset.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • The men were endeavoring to reset the switch for the main line contact.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman
  • The men were again called, and together they reset all the head canvas.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for reset


verb (transitive) (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
to set again (a broken bone, matter in type, a gemstone, etc)
to restore (a gauge, dial, etc) to zero
Also clear. to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero
noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
the act or an instance of setting again
a thing that is set again
a plant that has been recently transplanted
a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc
Derived Forms
resetter, noun


verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen
noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
the receiving of stolen goods
Derived Forms
resetter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French receter, from Latin receptāre, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for reset

also re-set, 1650s, "place (a gem) in a new setting," from re- + set (v.). Related: Resetting. Meaning "cause a device to return to a former condition" is from 1847; intransitive sense from 1897. As a noun, from 1847.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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