to take up or go on with again after interruption; continue: to resume a journey.
to take or occupy again: to resume one's seat.
to take or assume use or practice of again: to resume her maiden name.
to take back: to resume the title to a property.
to go on or continue after interruption: The dancing is about to resume.
to begin again.
- re·sum·a·ble, adjective
- re·sum·er, noun
- un·re·sumed, adjective
Other definitions for resume (2 of 2)
a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
a summing up; summary.
- Sometimes re·su·mé .
In French, accent marks serve two purposes. They can mark a different vowel quality (the vowels e , è and é are pronounced very differently), or they may distinguish two words that would otherwise be homographs ( ou without an accent means “or,” while où with an accent means “where”).
When you use these words in English, it is correct to write them with the French accents or without; the spellings divorcée and divorcee are both accepted. Some people prefer including the accent for accuracy or to evoke a subtle European flavor. The inclusion or omission of an accent mark when naming an establishment cafe or café suggests a certain expectation for the style and tone of the place. Other people find any use of a foreign accent mark to be unnecessary and pretentious. Be aware of your audience when making this decision.
As in the original French, accents are useful for differentiating between two homographs. English speakers are more likely to keep the accents in a word like résumé or exposé in order to avoid confusion with the verbs resume or expose . Words without confusable English counterparts, like deja vu or cafe , are less likely to maintain their accents in written English.
Generally, the use of foreign accents for words borrowed into English is optional. However, if you do choose to use accented letters, be sure to use the correct accent and be consistent within the word. For example, déjà vu has an acute (rising) accent mark in the first syllable and a grave (falling) accent in the second. The word résumé has two acute accent marks. Avoid haphazard or false accent marking, as sometimes seen in the spellings dejá vu or resumé . The best rule to follow for foreign accent marks is all or nothing.
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How to use resume in a sentence
The NBA and its players' union agreed on Friday to resume the league's playoffs on Saturday after players refused to take the floor for a number of games this week in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.NBA playoffs to resume after agreement on social justice initiatives | Ursula Perano | August 28, 2020 | Axios
Overall trading on both platforms resumed as normal once the issue was resolved.Cyberattacks disrupt trading on New Zealand stock exchange twice in 24 hours | eamonbarrett | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
As the federal government and local housing authorities loosen moratoriums on evictions, concerns are growing that the Annapolis agency’s ramped up court actions will resume.She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right. | by Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette, and Talia Buford and Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica | August 25, 2020 | ProPublica
This is a groundbreaking step that is expected to provide a longer-lasting protection in public spaces, increasing consumer confidence in resuming normal air travel and other activities.This product kills COVID for 7 days—and just got EPA approval for some American Airlines planes | Lee Clifford | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
Wells Fargo is resuming layoffs, as the beleaguered bank looks to cut costs to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and long-running regulatory issues that have hampered its growth.Wells Fargo cuts jobs as the pandemic and penalties for past scandals take their toll | reymashayekhi | August 21, 2020 | Fortune
If he did, it could be a sign that our politicians are ready to resume genuine policy-making across party lines.
As for the search, which will soon resume, Soelisto confessed that “the capability of our equipment is not optimum.”
They added that the shutdown was temporary and they plan to resume the trial in January.
Sharpton, well known for a series of controversial incidents earlier in his career, also played defense about his own resume.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence | Ben Jacobs | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, thanks to home care support, she was able to resume an independent life.
Fortunately, Massna had time to make his way through the Austrian skirmishers and resume his command.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
One morning Tom was awakened by his faithful attendant to resume his weary journey.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
I shall then give an account of my various excursions in an Appendix, and afterwards resume the thread of my journal.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
He did not resume his book immediately, but sat for a while meditatively looking out into the garden.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
When you happen to think of it; will you try never to allow yourself to resume that expression—that expression again?The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for resume (1 of 2)
to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
(tr) to occupy again, take back, or recover: to resume one's seat; to resume possession
(tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) again: to resume the presidency
archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
- resumable, adjective
- resumer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for résumé (2 of 2)
a short descriptive summary, as of events
US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
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