Main definitions of resume in English

: resume1résumé2



  • 1Begin again or continue after a pause or interruption.

    with object ‘a day later normal service was resumed’
    no object ‘the talks resumed in April’
    • ‘The team would train for three weeks, have a few days off, and then resume training.’
    • ‘I shook my head, beginning to resume the experiment.’
    • ‘I then continued to resume the folding of various frocks and dresses that were mainly sewn by myself.’
    • ‘Now, I'm concerned with when and how hard I should resume training.’
    • ‘Normal service was resumed at around 5pm yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘In our study, physical activity was resumed earlier in patients undergoing surgical treatment than in those receiving nonoperative treatment.’
    • ‘Although fighting was soon resumed, Marshall continued his efforts to bring the two sides together.’
    • ‘They resumed bickering over the seat until Julia settled it for them by sitting on the freshly dented seat.’
    • ‘Wittgenstein agreed, and in consequence began slowly to resume philosophical work.’
    • ‘As the conversation had a pause Katt tried to speak, but Eden and Jared quickly resumed speaking as if taunting her.’
    • ‘In 1933 he returned to Chicago and resumed his schooling, graduating in 1936.’
    • ‘York District Hospital today resumed non-urgent operations after a significant fall in the number of emergency admissions.’
    • ‘All the Guide groups have now resumed full activities with their regular meetings at the Butler Community Centre.’
    • ‘After suffering from ill health, he resumed his career as a barrister in 1919.’
    • ‘Returning to the pastries that called for attention, she resumed her work without pausing.’
    • ‘Sampey did not resume his full-time service in the ministry, but he became one of the elders of the church and did on occasion preach there and at other local churches.’
    • ‘He nodded in the same slow manner as his speech and continued walking, resuming his constant muttering.’
    • ‘When released, he resumed exile on the continent, in touch with Shaftesbury and William of Orange.’
    • ‘She swallowed her bite of egg, and resumed speaking, now with a mouth free from food.’
    • ‘He glared incredulously while I resumed what I had been doing: drinking coffee.’
    restart, recommence, begin again, start again, reopen
    return to, come back to, take up again, reoccupy, occupy again
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    1. 1.1no object Begin speaking again after a pause or interruption.
      ‘he sipped at the glass of water and then resumed’
      • ‘"Before I proceed," he resumed, "I must recall to your minds Newton’s general law, that the attraction of two bodies is directly proportional to the product of their masses, and inversely proportional to the square of their distances."’
      • ‘I had scarcely taken in which was land and which was water, much less the significance of the buoy, when he resumed: 'Never mind; I'm pretty sure it's all deep water about here.’’
    2. 1.2 Take or put on again.
      ‘the judge resumed his seat’
      • ‘He quickly resumed his seat, waiting just long enough to see her ensconced in the matching armchair beside his.’
      • ‘He pointed to his guest chair and once she was settled, he resumed his seat behind his desk.’
      • ‘As he finished his tirade, Riann Sheperd resumed his seat and Mayor Fernan once again had the floor.’
      • ‘‘Welcome back, my lady,’ he said, resuming his seat.’
      • ‘His brother, in response, resumed his seat, smiling until I thought his face could very well crack in two.’
      • ‘Vixen returned to Rhym and resumed her identity as Almira de Kinsei.’
      • ‘‘You have done well, my men,’ he said before resuming his seat.’
      • ‘With the restoration of the Long Parliament in 1660 he resumed his seat, and was elected to the Convention Parliament the same year.’
      • ‘Having put on the record, Julian resumed his seat next to me.’
      • ‘He got up and made sure the office door was closed, before resuming his seat behind the desk.’
      • ‘She rose, equally graceful, and bowed before resuming her seat, legs tucked beneath her.’
      • ‘He shook his head and took the seat across from her, leaning back and resuming his usual cocky expression.’
      • ‘Cadet Drew Callaghan nodded in return, and resumed his stiff stance, holding the door open for the two girls.’
      • ‘She sat in the seat next to him, disappointed there weren't any pairs of empty seats left so she could resume her position next to Steven.’
      • ‘She set the bowl of fruit on the desk and resumed her seat, frowning once again at the sheet of paper in front of her.’
      • ‘She walked back to her desk and dropped into her seat, resuming her head-in-hands position.’
      • ‘As the guard resumed his post they returned up the passage.’
      • ‘If anyone, resuming their seat for the second half, thought the Purcell would be an anti-climax, they were quickly disabused.’
      • ‘She returned back inside, sauntering into the drawing room where she resumed her position on the window seat, picking up the book.’
      • ‘‘Right,’ CJ resumes his place in the driver's seat and hits the mute button again allowing the suppressed John Mayer to refill the car.’

Main definitions of resume in English

: resume1résumé2



  • 1A summary.

    ‘I gave him a quick résumé of events’
    • ‘In 1852 the exiled art historian Gottfried Kinkel lectured to the Manchester Athenaeum in German, and the local press carried full résumés.’
    • ‘The picture which emerges from the foregoing résumé of the literature may appear partly contradictory.’
    • ‘Exemplary résumés breathe with ample white space to make key information easy to absorb.’
    • ‘After taking a quick glance at his résumé, I was surprised by how many films I had seen, but I wasn't surprised to discover how many I disliked.’
    • ‘Companies often just throw very important confidential papers - employee lists with home addresses, financial résumés and the like - into the trash.’
    • ‘He then gave a résumé of the case and informed the magistrates as to who would be called as witnesses.’
    • ‘Addison's poem on his picture of George I looks back at his portraits of earlier rulers, and is a witty résumé of the entire era recorded by the artist.’
    • ‘The letter gave birth to Found Magazine, a scrapbook of the discovered - love notes, grocery lists, corporate docs, photographs, résumés, doodles and poetry, much of it sent in by Found fans.’
    • ‘Between staring at her and listening he gave a résumé of his life finishing with a description of his children, Bradley, Darren and Nicola and his plans.’
    summary, precis, synopsis, abstract, outline, summarization, summation
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  • 2North American

    another term for curriculum vitae
    • ‘Top universities, he adds, rarely show up on the résumés of congressmen, Nobel laureates, industry leaders, and even U.S. presidents.’
    • ‘I seem to have become the official birthday cake baker on the 3rd floor of my apartment building - should this be added to my résumé you think?’
    • ‘A few aging stars - Myrna Loy, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon - had horror films in their résumés, but these exquisite products of the Hollywood star system knew how hard it was to look beautiful while screaming.’
    • ‘Like the TV ads that use backdrops of undulating flags to introduce voters to candidates' résumés and families, these memoirs exist to sketch out the most warm-and-fuzzy pictures possible of their putative authors.’
    • ‘I must have looked through three hundred head shots and acting résumés this afternoon.’
    • ‘A glance at his résumé and the people he's connected with reads like a pop-culture survey of the late 20th century.’
    • ‘‘Being discovered by a talent scout’ is another cliché from the undersized star world and it can be added to my résumé.’
    • ‘Using email, I've been able to review résumés, cover letters, even outlines of talking points for an interview.’
    • ‘Depending on how much structure a young adult needs, Mellan says, you could require your kid to send out a certain number of résumés a week or to look for temporary work after a specified time searching for permanent employment.’
    • ‘The company, which receives about 1,000 résumés a day, has hired hundreds of engineers and scores of top-ranked PhDs in recent years.’
    • ‘Many others, including several MBAs, sought advice on composing a résumé or wanted to have their résumés corrected.’
    • ‘But she should spend most of the résumé describing her professional background, which includes doing a variety of jobs at a drug testing lab.’
    • ‘Low unemployment means that workers can quit a job one day, start another the next; no more need to fudge on résumés or list off your ‘weaknesses’ in job interviews.’
    • ‘As a starting point, here is an example of a résumé I was sent a couple of years ago in response to my search for a temporary assistant while visiting India.’
    • ‘Over the next 12 months, I sent out 1,000 résumés, joined networking groups - and had two interviews.’
    • ‘When judges refrain from speaking out about controversial issues, the void tends to be filled not by voters who studiously examine candidates' résumés, but by massive ad campaigns paid for by interest groups.’
    • ‘She said that she could not do anything for a week because she was so upset, but thereafter she put together a résumé and started applying for jobs.’
    • ‘It is now Sunday morning and I should be typing up my résumé to send out for job applications on Monday.’
    • ‘One of the best ways into the business is to get a job with a production, which you can do by cold-calling or by getting your résumé out there, and also through contacts.’
    • ‘Rather than sifting through scores of dubious résumés drawn by salary and job description, you're in control now.’
    cv, life history, biography, details
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Late Middle English: from Old French resumer or Latin resumere, from re- ‘back’ + sumere ‘take’<br>early 19th century: French, literally ‘resumed’, past participle (used as a noun) of résumer.





North American
  • variant spelling of résumé (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘Most of this cost includes faculty and administrative time to review resumes, interview the candidate, attend seminars, and entice the candidate to accept the position.’
    • ‘To fund their businesses, most first-generation online recruiters charged employers to post jobs, search for resumes or provide anything else needed in recruiting efforts.’
    • ‘Degree names go on resumes, and in common use they become the answer to the question asked by friends, relatives and potential employers, ‘What is your major?’’
    • ‘Perhaps those of you now working and hiring can pass along additional tips for those struggling to find work, whether it's classes to take, fields to focus on, or skills to highlight in resumes.’
    • ‘I read stacks of resumes, spent several hours on the phone screening candidates, and spent several hours in interviews with the people who did well in the phone screenings.’
    • ‘We have access to hundreds of thousands of contractor resumes.’
    • ‘Headhunters now are either out of business or swamped with resumes, so people now are job hunting through networking.’
    • ‘They sent out 100 resumes, called industry contacts, and conducted extensive searches on Websites, but their attempts were unsuccessful.’
    • ‘I remember many interesting resumes out of the 100 we received, but one stood out as unlikely: the candidate was simply too qualified.’
    • ‘It's an unfortunate fact that many candidates lie, distort or in some way fabricate information on resumes and applications.’
    • ‘‘We had all kinds of people - guys with better technology backgrounds, seemingly better resumes,’ Welch says.’
    • ‘Can I list these awards on my resume even though technically I did not win them?’
    • ‘A casting team conducts monthly searches and examines the resumes, video footage, and audiotapes the company receives daily from dancers, gymnasts, and others worldwide.’
    • ‘The most common mistake I see, especially in student resumes, is forcing of buzzwords and ambiguous technical language for what should be simple, straightforward activities.’
    • ‘Tucked away at the far end of the show floor, the two neat rows of some twenty booths were packed with people, filling out forms, handing out resumes, talking to recruiters, and even vowing to come back tomorrow with resumes.’
    • ‘Their resumes are not without the entries that signify an artist has arrived, but for the most part, theirs are histories of participation in thematically focused group exhibitions and scores of solo shows.’
    • ‘People submit dozens of college applications, hundreds or thousands of resumes for jobs, and still the chances of coming up empty-handed, even if you are talented and skilled, are really quite high.’
    • ‘The updated resumes are filed in each student's advising folder and is an excellent summary of a student's accomplishments while in school and may be used for reference purposes later.’
    • ‘Often, interns are attracted to large companies because that name is the one that will go on their resumes.’
    • ‘These users then follow preferred procedures to search resumes, such as specifying broad search criteria, and narrowing the criteria.’