Definition of resumption in English:



  • 1The action of beginning something again after a pause or interruption.

    ‘with peace came the resumption of foreign imports’
    [in singular] ‘no decision was made for a resumption of diplomatic relations’
    • ‘If possible, wait for rain and resumption of active weed growth before applying Lightning.’
    • ‘The resumption of amicable commercial relations was also matched by cultural and artistic transactions.’
    • ‘The Philippine government said Friday it is about to sign a new aviation agreement paving the way for resumption of direct commercial flights between Manila and Taipei.’
    • ‘The resumption of classes ended an eight-month hiatus while plunging the school into a legal battle.’
    • ‘She returned, first suing for the right to see her son and sometime after for resumption of custody.’
    • ‘The end of the depression in 1878 and the government's resumption of specie payments (the gold standard) in 1879 had sapped the party's fortunes.’
    • ‘Coincident with Jefferson's resumption of public office, George Washington once again became a private citizen and had time to devote to his own fields.’
    • ‘Flannery sees this sequence over and over again, from the original resumption of life after the asteroid, through various migrations after other cataclysmic changes, to the successive waves of humans.’
    • ‘In a disaster, the most common and trustworthy facility for business resumption is the utilization of remote copy (also referred to as remote data mirroring).’
    • ‘He was replaced as chancellor after Richard's resumption of authority in 1389, but again held the office from 1391 until he was translated to Canterbury in 1396.’
    • ‘After the peace of Amiens and the subsequent resumption of war against Napoleon the Whigs formed a coalition with the group led by Lord Grenville, but their conservatism meant that Grey had to give up active support of reform.’
    • ‘A resumption of profitable use would not be possible until the civil war came to an end.’
    • ‘His resumption of his Tokyo lifestyle in America is a question of choice.’
    • ‘For their part, these authorities are requesting the resumption of their colonial administrative functions and links with the state, particularly in order to receive salaries and official recognition of their power.’
    • ‘The return to peace saw a swift resumption of car production, which was then hit by the immediate post-war slump.’
    • ‘There will be no resumption of the work of the committee until some time late in 2004 at the earliest.’
    • ‘True to the principles of fine theatre, the Moriarty Tribunal has left its audience in keen anticipation ahead of its scheduled resumption on Thursday.’
    • ‘A poll released last year by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper indicates that few Japanese in their 20s have even tasted whale; nearly 60 percent of those polled oppose any resumption of commercial whaling.’
    • ‘The resumption of the religious wars led to the siege of Larochelle in 1629 and to the death of 80 percent of the reformed residents.’
    • ‘Sources close to the commission warned yesterday that any resumption of work on the sites had to be handled with the utmost sensitivity as it was imperative the hopes of bereaved families were not falsely raised.’
    restart, restarting, recommencement, reopening, reinstitution
    continuation, carrying on, taking up again, renewal, return to
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  • 2Australian Law
    The action, on the part of the Crown or other authority, of reassuming possession of lands, rights, etc., previously granted to another.

    ‘the resumption of royal lands’
    [count noun] ‘property resumptions would be required to develop the bus routes’
    • ‘Did the Melbourne City Link Act authorise resumptions, or was that done under some other legislation?’
    • ‘Charles XI and his absolutist advisers knew the commoner Estates would recommend a full resumption of crown lands as the basis for budgetary reform.’
    • ‘This is dealing with two resumptions of land under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act in Western Australia and the Public Works Act and our submissions are at paragraphs 263 and following.’
    • ‘For example, there were resumptions under 109 of the Land Act which were found not to extinguish native title.’
    • ‘This was a conscript citizen army paid for by being given farms from land that had been returned to the king as a result of resumption.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘the action of reassuming possession of lands etc.’): from Old French resumption or late Latin resumptio(n-), from Latin resumpt-, past participle of resumere (see resume).