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[ri-zoom] /rɪˈzum/
verb (used with object), resumed, resuming.
to take up or go on with again after interruption; continue:
to resume a journey.
to take or occupy again:
to resume one's seat.
to take or assume use or practice of again:
to resume her maiden name.
to take back:
to resume the title to a property.
verb (used without object), resumed, resuming.
to go on or continue after interruption:
The dancing is about to resume.
to begin again.
Origin of resume1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English resumen (< Middle French resumer) < Latin resūmere to take back, take again, equivalent to re- re- + sūmere to take (see consume)
Related forms
resumable, adjective
resumer, noun
unresumed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Jim laughed a little himself, resuming his work, and hauling the dirt up faster around the potatoes he was hilling.

    I've Been Thinking; Azel Stevens Roe
  • "All right, darling," he said, resuming his newspaper and cigarette.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • She paused—then resuming—and think you, Sir, that my uncle will refuse to receive a letter from me?

    Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "It is dangerous trying me, Chevalier," replied she, resuming her seat with some heat.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • This she did, and disappeared in the fire, resuming her real shape as Parvati, and taking her place beside Siva in heaven.

British Dictionary definitions for resuming


to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
(transitive) to occupy again, take back, or recover: to resume one's seat, to resume possession
(transitive) to assume (a title, office, etc) again: to resume the presidency
(archaic) to summarize; make a résumé of
Derived Forms
resumable, adjective
resumer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin resūmere to take up again, from re- + sūmere to take up


a short descriptive summary, as of events
(US & Canadian) another name for curriculum vitae
Word Origin
C19: from French, from résumer to resume
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Word Origin and History for resuming



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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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