[ verb ree-set; noun ree-set ]
/ verb riˈsɛt; noun ˈriˌsɛt /

verb (used with object), re·set, re·set·ting.

verb (used without object), re·set, re·set·ting.

to become set again: The alarm bell resets automatically.


Origin of reset

First recorded in 1645–55; re- + set
Related formsre·set·ta·ble, adjectivere·set·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reset (1 of 2)



verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set (tr)

to set again (a broken bone, matter in type, a gemstone, etc)
to restore (a gauge, dial, etc) to zero
Also: clear to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero

noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)

Derived Formsresetter, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reset (2 of 2)


/ Scot /

verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set

to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen

noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)

the receiving of stolen goods
Derived Formsresetter, noun

Word Origin for reset

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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