re·​sur·​face | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsər-fəs How to pronounce resurface (audio) \
resurfaced; resurfacing; resurfaces

Definition of resurface

transitive verb

: to provide with a new or fresh surface resurface skin by dermabrasion

intransitive verb

: to come again to the surface (as of the water) broadly : reappear

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resurfacer \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈsər-​fə-​sər How to pronounce resurfacer (audio) \ noun

Examples of resurface in a Sentence

A few of the writer's journals have resurfaced. His resentment toward her resurfaced. The road needs to be resurfaced.
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For asphalt driveways, resurfacing is essential in order to maintain its integrity and prevent further damage. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to improve your curb appeal," 3 June 2019 The picture was resurfaced by Twitter user @thommybell, who noticed there's a clue buried deep in the photo. Glamour, "Watch Sophie Turner Realize the Game of Thrones Ending Was Hidden in a Season 1 Poster," 30 May 2019 The Final Fantasy VII remake finally resurfaced this week, there’s a John Wick puzzle game on the way, and Ubisoft unveiled a new Ghost Recon. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: John Wick tactics, a Blood remaster, and a survival-focused Ghost Recon," 10 May 2019 The contract to resurface streets was awarded to Chicagoland Paving Contractors, a firm based in Lake Zurich, IL. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange approves road resurfacing to begin this summer," 10 July 2018 The last thing Guzmán had been expecting was for the creature to resurface 230 miles south of Hawaii. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservation," 8 May 2018 Women began to resurface on the Latin charts in 2017, and today's challenge is to grow that number. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Becky G, Karol G and Yuridia Sound Off on Issues Women in Music Face," 30 Apr. 2018 Several Bel Air streets will be resurfaced this summer, and one will get an additional lane, which should make many motorists happy, according to town officials. Aegis Staff Report, The Aegis, "Lane addition to help ease bottleneck on Bel Air's Marketplace Drive," 24 May 2018 Years later, the clip still resurfaces whenever snow bears down on Atlanta. Jennifer Brett,, "What “Buford Calloway” from SNL clip mocking Atlanta is doing now," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of resurface

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of resurface

: to rise to the surface again after being underwater or underground
: to suddenly be found or appear again
: to put a new surface on (something) : to refinish or repair the surface of (something)

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