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[rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey] /ˈrɛz ʊˌmeɪ, ˌrɛz ʊˈmeɪ/
a summing up; summary.
a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
Also, resume, resumé.
Origin of résumé
1795-1805; < French, noun use of past participle of résumer to sum up Unabridged
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Examples from the web for résumé
  • The uranium pellets, now in close proximity, could begin exchanging neutrons and resume their heat-producing nuclear reactions.
  • Yes, a curriculum vitae or resumé is required with your pre-application.
  • Go home, update you resumé and start looking for a different line of work.
  • The résumé looks much better with the addition of bullet points and the inclusion of relevant employment experience.
  • It would also know what you've been listening to and resume playing it when you get in the car.
  • Perhaps no proposal, though, is more controversial than one to resume the ivory trade.
  • The archaeologists will resume their work next summer.
  • It was an hour before the submarine was able to resume the chase.
  • After searching for hours, the pair decided to resume the next day.
  • Tracking exercises have shown that the sharks simply resume their normal cruising routes once they leave the boats.
British Dictionary definitions for résumé


a short descriptive summary, as of events
(US & Canadian) another name for curriculum vitae
Word Origin
C19: from French, from résumer to resume


to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
(transitive) to occupy again, take back, or recover: to resume one's seat, to resume possession
(transitive) to assume (a title, office, etc) again: to resume the presidency
(archaic) to summarize; make a résumé of
Derived Forms
resumable, adjective
resumer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin resūmere to take up again, from re- + sūmere to take up
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Word Origin and History for résumé



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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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