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reboot

[ verb ree-boot; noun ree-boot, ree-boot ]
/ verb riˈbut; noun riˈbut, ˈriˌbut /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
(of a computer) to be restarted.
noun
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Origin of reboot

First recorded in 1970–75; re- + boot1 (in the sense “to start a computer”)
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British Dictionary definitions for reboot

reboot
/ (riːˈbuːt) /

verb
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

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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