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verb (used with object), re·sumed, re·sum·ing.
  1. to take up or go on with again after interruption; continue: to resume a journey.
  2. to take or occupy again: to resume one's seat.
  3. to take or assume use or practice of again: to resume her maiden name.
  4. to take back: to resume the title to a property.
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verb (used without object), re·sumed, re·sum·ing.
  1. to go on or continue after interruption: The dancing is about to resume.
  2. to begin again.
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Origin of resume

1375–1425; late Middle English resumen (< Middle French resumer) < Latin resūmere to take back, take again, equivalent to re- re- + sūmere to take (see consume)
Related formsre·sum·a·ble, adjectivere·sum·er, nounun·re·sumed, adjective
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Related Words for resumed

regain, continue, reopen, restart, proceed, repossess, recoup, retake, recapitulate, recommence, reassume, reoccupy, reinstitute

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Contemporary Examples of resumed

Historical Examples of resumed

  • He sat down, rather discontented, and resumed the current of his reflections.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "I told your father that this morning," and he resumed his writing.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "You are rather inscrutable," he said, as they resumed the road.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Robert was nothing loth to stay, and resumed his place on the grass.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Thereupon hostilities were resumed with vigour on both sides.

British Dictionary definitions for resumed


  1. to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
  2. (tr) to occupy again, take back, or recoverto resume one's seat; to resume possession
  3. (tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) againto resume the presidency
  4. archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
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Derived Formsresumable, adjectiveresumer, noun

Word Origin for resume

C15: from Latin resūmere to take up again, from re- + sūmere to take up


  1. a short descriptive summary, as of events
  2. US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
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Word Origin for résumé

C19: from French, from résumer to resume
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Word Origin and History for resumed



early 15c., "to regain, take back;" mid-15c., "recommence, continue, begin again after interruption," from Middle French resumer (14c.) and directly from Latin resumere "take again, take up again, assume again," from re- "again" (see re-) + sumere "take up" (cf. assume). Meaning "begin again" is mid-15c. Intransitive sense "proceed after interruption" is from 1802. Related: Resumed; resuming.

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also résumé, 1804, "a summary," from French résumé, noun use of past participle of Middle French resumer "to sum up," from Latin resumere (see resume (v.)). Meaning "biographical summary of a person's career" is 1940s.

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