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RES'UME, verb transitive s as z. [Latin resumo; re and sumo, to take.]

1. To take back what has been given.

The sun, like this from which our sight we have, gaz'd on too long, resumes the light he gave.

2. To take back what has been taken away.

They resume what has been obtained fraudulently.

3. To take again after absence; as, to resume a seat.

Reason resum'd her place, and passion fled.

4. To take up again after interruption; to begin again; as, to resume an argument or discourse. [This is now its most frequent use.]