• Resume


    • UK enPR: rĭzjo͞om', IPA: /rɪˈzjuːm/
    • US enPR: rĭz(j)o͞om', IPA: /rɪˈz(j)um/
    • Australia enPR: rəzjo͞om', IPA: /rəˈzjuːm/
    • Rhymes: -uːm

    Origin 1

    From Anglo-Norman resumer, Middle French resumer, from Latin resumere, from re- + sumere ("to take").

    Full definition of resume


    1. (now rare) To take back possession of (something). from 15th c.
      • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 8:For after that initiation it was impossible to attach any profound importance to the notion of dying. All individual deaths had been resumed by the death of God!
    2. (now rare) To summarise. from 15th c.
      • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 36:He ... used to say that each separate death had taught him something new about death, and that he was going to resume this knowledge in a philosophic essay about dying.
    3. To start (something) again that has been stopped or paused from the point at which it was stopped or paused; continue, carry on. from 15th c.We will resume this discussion tomorrow at nine.

    Usage notes

    This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See


    • (to start (something) again) suspend

    Related terms

    Origin 2

    From French résumé

    Alternative forms



    (plural resumes)
    1. (US) A summary of education and employment experience.

    Usage notes

    The spellings résumé and, to a lesser extent, resumé are preferred by dictionaries, while the spelling resume is more likely to be found on the web. See also résumé#Usage notes.

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