verb (used with object)
- to restart (a computer) by loading the operating system; boot again.
- to produce a distinctly new version of (an established media franchise, as a film, TV show, video game, or comic book): The studio is rebooting Spider-Man.
- to make a change in (something) in order to establish a new beginning: She’s rebooting her career. Lower interest rates are intended to reboot the economy.
verb (used without object)
- (of a computer) to be restarted.
- an act or instance of restarting a computer.
- an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning: a reboot of our product line.
- a distinctly new version of an established media franchise: The show will be a gritty reboot of the classic TV series from the 1970s.
- to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
A term that comes from computer usage. To reboot a computer is to start it up again after a computer crash. Hence, “reboot” has the connotation of starting a process over again.