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[verb ree-set; noun ree-set]
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verb (used with object), re·set, re·set·ting.
  1. to set again: to reset an alarm clock; to reset a broken bone.
  2. to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way: to reset priorities; to reset prices.
  3. to illegally set back the odometer on (an auto or other vehicle) to a lower reading: a used-car dealer charged with resetting his cars.
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verb (used without object), re·set, re·set·ting.
  1. to become set again: The alarm bell resets automatically.
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  1. an act or instance of setting again.
  2. an act or instance of setting, adjusting, or fixing something in a new or different way: A reset of relations between the two countries may be impossible. Company executives recognized the need for a reset in their business.
  3. something that is set again.
  4. a plant that is replanted.
  5. a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.
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Origin of reset

First recorded in 1645–55; re- + set
Related formsre·set·ta·ble, adjectivere·set·ter, noun
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Examples from the Web for reset

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Historical Examples

  • Some of the diamonds had been reset, and she wore them at various official functions.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • That will make no difference to the owner, as I shall have it reset at my own expense.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • These are yours; I saved them from the fire that day you behaved so rudely to them, and have had them reset.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • The men were endeavoring to reset the switch for the main line contact.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • The men were again called, and together they reset all the head canvas.

    Labrador Days

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

British Dictionary definitions for reset


verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
  1. to set again (a broken bone, matter in type, a gemstone, etc)
  2. to restore (a gauge, dial, etc) to zero
  3. Also: clear to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero
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noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
  1. the act or an instance of setting again
  2. a thing that is set again
  3. a plant that has been recently transplanted
  4. a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc
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Derived Formsresetter, noun


verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set
  1. to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen
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noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
  1. the receiving of stolen goods
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Derived Formsresetter, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French receter, from Latin receptāre, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for reset


also re-set, 1650s, "place (a gem) in a new setting," from re- + set (v.). Related: Resetting. Meaning "cause a device to return to a former condition" is from 1847; intransitive sense from 1897. As a noun, from 1847.

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