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[v. ree-set; n. ree-set] /v. riˈsɛt; n. ˈriˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), reset, resetting.
to set again:
to reset an alarm clock.
to set back the odometer on (an auto or other vehicle) to a lower reading:
a used-car dealer charged with resetting his cars.
verb (used without object), reset, resetting.
to become set again:
The alarm bell resets automatically.
the act of resetting.
that which is reset.
a plant which is replanted.
a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.
Origin of reset
1645-55; re- + set
Related forms
resettable, adjective
resetter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reset
  • Or, to make people behave more safely, you have to reset their risk thermostats.
  • The connection went down once but was quickly reset.
  • When their production begins to decline, they are starved for a week or two to reset their biological clocks.
  • All evidence indicates that the neuron does not reset.
  • Perhaps, he speculated, the brain needs time to reset itself after a pulse of thought before it can carry out another one.
  • At the beginning of the tone, neurons around your cortex reset themselves, so that they all begin to fire in sync.
  • The alternative is to do a factory reset on the device.
  • Until it's reset, this network is automatically connected.
  • But, as their interest rates were set artificially low and didn't reset for two years, it would be two years before that happened.
  • It may have come to resemble a video game, but it is one with no reset button, no next level.
British Dictionary definitions for reset


verb (transitive) (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
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 Forms
resetter, noun


verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen
noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
the receiving of stolen goods
Derived Forms
resetter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French receter, from Latin receptāre, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for reset

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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