verb (used with object), re·set, re·set·ting.
- to set again: to reset an alarm clock; to reset a broken bone.
- to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way: to reset priorities; to reset prices.
- to illegally set back the odometer on (an auto or other vehicle) to a lower reading: a used-car dealer charged with resetting his cars.
verb (used without object), re·set, re·set·ting.
- to become set again: The alarm bell resets automatically.
- an act or instance of setting again.
- an act or instance of setting, adjusting, or fixing something in a new or different way: A reset of relations between the two countries may be impossible. Company executives recognized the need for a reset in their business.
- something that is set again.
- a plant that is replanted.
- a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.
verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
- to set again (a broken bone, matter in type, a gemstone, etc)
- to restore (a gauge, dial, etc) to zero
- Also: clear to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero
- the act or an instance of setting again
- a thing that is set again
- a plant that has been recently transplanted
- a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc
verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set
- to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen
- the receiving of stolen goods
also re-set, 1650s, “place (a gem) in a new setting,” from re- + set (v.). Related: Resetting. Meaning “cause a device to return to a former condition” is from 1847; intransitive sense from 1897. As a noun, from 1847.