[ 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.

  1. 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.

verb (used without object),re·set, re·set·ting.
  1. to become set again: The alarm bell resets automatically.

  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.

  1. something that is set again.

  2. a plant that is replanted.

  3. a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.

Origin of reset

First recorded in 1645–55; re- + set

Other words from reset

  • re·set·ta·ble, adjective
  • re·set·ter, noun

Words Nearby reset Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reset in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reset (1 of 2)


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

  1. Also: clear to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero

  1. the act or an instance of setting again

  2. a thing that is set again

  1. a plant that has been recently transplanted

  2. a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc

Derived forms of reset

  • resetter, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reset (2 of 2)


/ Scot /

verb(riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set
  1. to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen

  1. the receiving of stolen goods

Origin of reset

C14: from Old French receter, from Latin receptāre, from recipere to receive

Derived forms of reset

  • resetter, noun

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