If you resume something, you start it again after stopping. You might resume singing an aria after breaking to spit out your gum.

Resume is from Latin resumere "to take up again, take back," from the prefix re- "again" plus sumere "to take up, take." The Latin verb sumere is formed from the prefix sub- "under, up" plus emere "to take." When you pause a movie or game and then you press play again, what you're really doing is resuming play.

Definitions of resume
  1. verb
    take up or begin anew
    “We resumed the negotiations”
    synonyms: re-start, restart
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    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
  2. verb
    return to a previous location or condition
    “The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it”
    synonyms: take up
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    assume anew
    resume a title”
    resume an office”
    resume one's duties”
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    type of:
    adopt, assume, take on, take over
    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  4. noun
    a summary of your academic and work history
    synonyms: CV, curriculum vitae
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    type of:
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  5. noun
    short descriptive summary (of events)
    synonyms: sketch, survey
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    type of:
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  6. verb
    give a summary (of)
    synonyms: sum up, summarise, summarize
    sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
    be a summary of
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    give an abstract (of)
    make a summary (of)
    make a summary or abstract of a legal document and inscribe it in a list
    recap, recapitulate
    summarize briefly
    hash over, rehash, retrograde
    go back over
    type of:
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
    to say, state, or perform again
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