When you reset something, you start it over again or adjust it. If you accidentally set your alarm to go off at 3:00 am, you'll have to sleepily reset it for 7:00 am.

You may like to reset your car's odometer before starting a long trip, so you can keep track of your gas mileage. Or, you might tend to reset your alarm clock on the weekends, so it wakes you later. You can also reset many electronics by essentially making them go back to zero, or to a starting point: "I need to reset my cellphone to the original factory settings."

Definitions of reset
  1. verb
    set anew
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    type of:
    define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify
    decide upon or fix definitely
  2. verb
    adjust again after an initial failure
    synonyms: readjust
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    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  3. verb
    set to zero
    reset instruments and dials”
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    type of:
    set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
  4. noun
    device for resetting instruments or controls
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    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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