[verb ree-set; noun ree-set]

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

Examples from the Web for reset

Contemporary Examples of reset

Historical Examples of reset

  • 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)

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)

the act or an instance of setting again
a thing that is set again
a plant that has been recently transplanted
a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc
Derived Formsresetter, noun



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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