verb (used with object), re·sumed, re·sum·ing.
- 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), re·sumed, re·sum·ing.
- to go on or continue after interruption: The dancing is about to resume.
- to begin again.
- to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
- (tr) to occupy again, take back, or recoverto resume one’s seat; to resume possession
- (tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) againto resume the presidency
- archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
- a short descriptive summary, as of events
- US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
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.