Restart | Definition of Restart by Merriam-Webster


re·​start | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio) \
restarted; restarting; restarts

Definition of restart

transitive verb

1 : to start anew
2 : to resume (something, such as an activity) after interruption

intransitive verb

: to resume operation

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Other Words from restart

restart \ ˈrē-​ˌstärt How to pronounce restart (audio) , (ˌ)re-​ˈstärt How to pronounce restart (audio) \ noun
restartable \ (ˌ)re-​ˈstär-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce restart (audio) \ adjective

Examples of restart in a Sentence

They plan to restart negotiations next week. The tournament will restart tomorrow.
Recent Examples on the Web Wendella began offering architecture tours earlier this month and will expand its schedule in April, but Sargis said the water taxi likely won’t restart until late summer. Kim Quillen,, "Chicago Riverwalk businesses prepare to reopen, await safety guidelines from city," 30 Mar. 2021 Absolutely, and that’s also assuming the Ontario Hockey League does not restart, since Harley must play there if the OHL is playing. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Matt’s Mail: ‘Beast Mode’ has been missing, but Jamie Benn is still a physical force on the ice for Stars," 26 Mar. 2021 The inmates first learned federal executions would restart after 17 years in 2019 when the first inmates were put on execution lists. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "On federal death row, inmates talk about Biden, executions," 22 Mar. 2021 The state's chief justice announced last week that jury trials would restart again. Christina Carrega, CNN, "Spa shootings could be first test of Georgia's new hate crime law," 22 Mar. 2021 Coach Shaka Smart's job status was in question at the start of the season and now a disappointing NCAA Tournament exit could restart that narrative. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Cinderella! Abilene Christian upsets Texas to bust brackets in men's NCAA Tournament first round," 21 Mar. 2021 As refineries restart, supply should bring some stability to pump prices. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Gas prices up 12 cents from last week, could keep climbing to $3 a gallon by Memorial Day," 1 Mar. 2021 EasyJet Plc ticket sales more than quadrupled in the hours after Johnson said Monday that international trips may restart as soon as May 17. Fortune, "Europe’s airline and hotel stocks soar after British holidaymakers get the all-clear to book travel," 23 Feb. 2021 Restaurants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties can restart immediately, the counties announced Monday. Jessica Flores,, "What comes next for Bay Area’s reopening? Here’s what you need to know," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of restart

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of restart was in 1749

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7 Apr 2021

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“Restart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of restart

: to make (something) start again after it has stopped
: to start again after stopping

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