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.
to go on or continue after interruption: The dancing is about to resume.
to begin again.
- re·sum·a·ble, adjective
- re·sum·er, noun
- un·re·sumed, adjective
Other definitions for resume (2 of 2)
a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
a summing up; summary.
- Sometimes re·su·mé .
In French, accent marks serve two purposes. They can mark a different vowel quality (the vowels e , è and é are pronounced very differently), or they may distinguish two words that would otherwise be homographs ( ou without an accent means “or,” while où with an accent means “where”).
When you use these words in English, it is correct to write them with the French accents or without; the spellings divorcée and divorcee are both accepted. Some people prefer including the accent for accuracy or to evoke a subtle European flavor. The inclusion or omission of an accent mark when naming an establishment cafe or café suggests a certain expectation for the style and tone of the place. Other people find any use of a foreign accent mark to be unnecessary and pretentious. Be aware of your audience when making this decision.
As in the original French, accents are useful for differentiating between two homographs. English speakers are more likely to keep the accents in a word like résumé or exposé in order to avoid confusion with the verbs resume or expose . Words without confusable English counterparts, like deja vu or cafe , are less likely to maintain their accents in written English.
Generally, the use of foreign accents for words borrowed into English is optional. However, if you do choose to use accented letters, be sure to use the correct accent and be consistent within the word. For example, déjà vu has an acute (rising) accent mark in the first syllable and a grave (falling) accent in the second. The word résumé has two acute accent marks. Avoid haphazard or false accent marking, as sometimes seen in the spellings dejá vu or resumé . The best rule to follow for foreign accent marks is all or nothing.
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How to use resume in a sentence
Le Monde once called his résumé "so impeccable that it's almost discouraging."This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around | Tracy McNicoll | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Miller, who also uses the alias Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., has an extensive résumé of hate.Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland: The Arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller | John Avlon, Caitlin Dickson | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While Murthy is unquestionably accomplished, there is one major gap in his résumé: He has never served as a traditional doctor.Meet Obama’s Controversial Surgeon General Nominee | Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After submitting a résumé, coaches contact qualified applicants for a combine test conducted annually in the spring and summer.Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder? | Kevin Fixler | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When governors run for president, their record is their résumé.Don’t Believe the Chris Christie Hype—Look at His Economic Record | Dean Obeidallah | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Au résumé nous sommes bloqués de front et pris par derrière.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
An interesting résumé of his labors by M. Daubree has appeared, from which we take the following facts.Scientific American Supplement No. 299 | Various
For the sake of readers unfamiliar with the ritual of Freemasonry a brief résumé of this "Grand Legend" must be given here.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
So let your communication include a résumé of your personal and literary career.
We have but to give here a short résumé of his Treatise on this subject.Elements of Morals | Paul Janet
British Dictionary definitions for resume (1 of 2)
to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
(tr) to occupy again, take back, or recover: to resume one's seat; to resume possession
(tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) again: to resume the presidency
archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
- resumable, adjective
- resumer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for résumé (2 of 2)
a short descriptive summary, as of events
US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
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