• (RP) enPR: rĭzjo͞om', IPA: /ɹɪˈzjuːm/
  • (GA) enPR: rĭz(j)o͞om', IPA: /ɹɪˈz(j)um/
  • (Australia)
    • enPR: rəzjo͞om', IPA: /ɹəˈzjuːm/
    • (yod-coalescence) enPR: rəzho͞om', IPA: /ɹəˈʒuːm/

resume (resumes, present participle resuming; past and past participle resumed)

  1. (now rare) To take back possession of (something). [from 15th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 28:
      As to the advice you give, to resume my estate, I am determined not to litigate with my father, let what will be the consequence to myself.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 8:
      For after that initiation it was impossible to attach any profound importance to the notion of dying. All individual deaths had been resumed by the death of God!
    • 2005, Geoff Moore, Essential Real Property, Cavendish Publishing, ISBN 1876905174, page 116.
      quote en
  2. (now rare) To summarise. [from 15th c.]
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 36:
      He […] used to say that each separate death had taught him something new about death, and that he was going to resume this knowledge in a philosophic essay about dying.
  3. To start (something) again that has been stopped or paused from the point at which it was stopped or paused; continue, carry on. [from 15th c.]
    Antonyms: suspend
    • 1803, William Woodfall et al., The Parliamentary Register; or an Impartial Report of the Debates that have occurred in the Two Houses of Parliament, vol. 2, page 167
      quote en
    • 1991, The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America, 43 CFR 5451.4, Office of the Federal Register, page 68.
      quote en
    We will resume this discussion tomorrow at nine.
Related terms Translations Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɹɛz.(j)ʊˌmeɪ/, /ɹɪ.ˈzjuː.meɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɹɛz.ə.meɪ/

resume (plural resumes)

  1. A summary or synopsis. [from 18th c.]
    Synonyms: précis
  2. (chiefly, North America, Australia) A summary or account of education and employment experiences and qualifications, a curriculum vitae (often for presentation to a potential future employer when applying for a job). [from 20th c.]
    Synonyms: curriculum vitae, CV

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