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résumé

[rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey]
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noun
  1. a summing up; summary.
  2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
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Also resume, re·su·mé.

Origin of résumé

1795–1805; < French, noun use of past participle of résumer to sum up
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British Dictionary definitions for résumé

résumé

noun
  1. a short descriptive summary, as of events
  2. US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from résumer to resume

resume

verb
  1. to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
  2. (tr) to occupy again, take back, or recoverto resume one's seat; to resume possession
  3. (tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) againto resume the presidency
  4. archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
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Derived Formsresumable, adjectiveresumer, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin resūmere to take up again, from re- + sūmere to take up
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Word Origin and History for résumé

resume

v.

early 15c., "to regain, take back;" mid-15c., "recommence, continue, begin again after interruption," from Middle French resumer (14c.) and directly from Latin resumere "take again, take up again, assume again," from re- "again" (see re-) + sumere "take up" (cf. assume). Meaning "begin again" is mid-15c. Intransitive sense "proceed after interruption" is from 1802. Related: Resumed; resuming.

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resume

n.

also résumé, 1804, "a summary," from French résumé, noun use of past participle of Middle French resumer "to sum up," from Latin resumere (see resume (v.)). Meaning "biographical summary of a person's career" is 1940s.

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