[ verb ree-boot; noun ree-boot, ree-boot ]
/ verb riˈbut; noun riˈbut, ˈriˌbut /

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.


Nearby words

  1. rebid,
  2. rebiddable,
  3. rebirth,
  4. rebirthing,
  5. reboant,
  6. rebop,
  7. rebore,
  8. reborn,
  9. reborrow,
  10. rebosa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reboot


/ (riːˈbuːt) /


to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
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Word Origin and History for reboot



1981, from re- + boot (v.) in the computer sense. Related: Rebooted; rebooting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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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