Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To begin or take up again after interruption.
  • intransitive verb To assume, take, or occupy again.
  • intransitive verb To take on or take back again.
  • intransitive verb To begin again or continue after interruption.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To take again; take back.
  • To assume or take up again.
  • To take up again after interruption; begin again: as, to resume an argument or a discourse; to resume specie payments.
  • To take; assume.
  • To proceed after interruption, as in a speech; chiefly used in the introductory phrase to resume.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take back.
  • transitive verb To enter upon, or take up again.
  • transitive verb To begin again; to recommence, as something which has been interrupted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A summary of education and employment experience.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb take up or begin anew
  • verb assume anew
  • noun a summary of your academic and work history
  • verb give a summary (of)
  • verb return to a previous location or condition
  • noun short descriptive summary (of events)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English resumen, from Old French resumer, from Latin resūmere : re-, re- + sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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From French résumé

Examples

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  • Curriculum vitae; continue after cessation.

    November 22, 2007

  • Razors pain you;

    Rivers are damp;

    Acids stain you;

    And drugs cause cramp.

    Guns aren’t lawful;

    Nooses give;

    Gas smells awful;

    You might as well live.

    ("Resume", by Dorothy Parker)

    June 17, 2008

  • It's interesting that the noun of this is resumption.

    March 31, 2009