to restart (a computer) by loading the operating system; boot again.
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.
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.
(of a computer) to be restarted.
an act or instance of restarting a computer.
an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning: a reboot of our product line.
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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How to use reboot in a sentence
For years, Cattrall has made clear that she doesn’t want to be part of a third movie or a reboot.A ‘Sex and the City’ reboot without Samantha? Fans aren’t pleased, but it can still be fabulous. | Lisa Bonos | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Democrats have called for a reboot to the programs, while Republicans have done the opposite.Fed leaders more optimistic on jobs, GDP growth at final 2020 policy meeting | Rachel Siegel | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
He said there are “all kinds of institutional reboots that have to be done” that would require “some re-engineering.”Obama, in Washington Post interview, rejects criticism he didn’t push hard enough for Democratic policies | Michael Kranish, Paulina Firozi | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
On the reboot, Zack is now the governor of California who landed the job with a very on-brand scheme.The new ‘Saved by the Bell’ has a big advantage over other reboots: It’s really good | David Betancourt | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
It’s perhaps best known for offering “Star Trek” shows, but its lineup also includes “The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight” and a reboot of “The Twilight Zone” from Jordan Peele.
Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot | William Boot | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another angle Robinov suggests as a possibility for Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a franchise reboot tackling Spidey as… an adult.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot | William Boot | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fox also owns the rights to The Fantastic Four and a reboot of that series is already scheduled for release in 2015.The Coming Civil War: Iron Man Vs. Captain America 3 | Rich Goldstein | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As was a follow-up to the new Killer Instinct, which was definitely the biggest surprise reboot of last year.
This spurred Creative Director Adam Isgreen, who also worked on Killer Instinct, to outline of a Phantom Dust reboot—just in case.
British Dictionary definitions for reboot
to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
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Cultural definitions for 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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