[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.


Nearby words

  1. reservoir,
  2. reservoir bag,
  3. reservoir host,
  4. reservoir of spermatozoa,
  5. reservoir rock,
  6. resettle,
  7. resettlement,
  8. resh,
  9. reshape,
  10. reshevsky

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 resetting



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 resetting



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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