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[ri-zoom] /rɪˈzum/
verb (used with object), resumed, resuming.
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.
verb (used without object), resumed, resuming.
to go on or continue after interruption:
The dancing is about to resume.
to begin again.
late Middle English
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 forms
resumable, adjective
resumer, noun
unresumed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resumed
  • But normal activity resumed after the drug was reintroduced.
  • Most of the creatures survived the surgery and resumed swimming.
  • And then it returned to their habitual decreasing rate as soon as air traffic was resumed.
  • The lab resumed normal operations today after a partial closure yesterday due to smoky conditions.
  • It was successfully implemented during the first month, and then fighting resumed and many planned activities were suspended.
  • So he resumed interviewing journalists who'd covered the event.
  • Still struggling to recover from a deep recession, growth has resumed at a modest pace, but the recovery has been slow and uneven.
  • Devastating war shortly resumed for another four years.
  • But after it expired, prices began falling again, as the market resumed its search for an elusive bottom.
  • They resumed their humble position as traders on sufferance.
British Dictionary definitions for resumed


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


a short descriptive summary, as of events
(US & Canadian) another name for curriculum vitae
Word Origin
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.


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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