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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.
Origin of resume1
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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  • “It was too touching, too mournful to be endured,” resumed Monsieur Pascal.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • He sat down, rather discontented, and resumed the current of his reflections.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The camp was broken up in haste and apprehension, and the march resumed.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
  • "I told your father that this morning," and he resumed his writing.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "Allow me to ask a question or two, then," resumed the lawyer.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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