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

  • transitive v. To begin or take up again after interruption: resumed our dinner.
  • transitive v. To assume, take, or occupy again: The dog resumed its post by the door.
  • transitive v. To take on or take back again: resumed my original name.
  • intransitive v. To begin again or continue after interruption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A summary of education and employment experience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


Middle English resumen, from Old French resumer, from Latin resūmere : re-, re- + sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman resumer, Middle French resumer, from Latin resumere, from re- + sumere ("to take"). (Wiktionary)
From French résumé (Wiktionary)



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

    March 31, 2009

  • 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

  • Curriculum vitae; continue after cessation.

    November 22, 2007