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

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
resurfacer 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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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of resurface was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Resurface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​sur·​face rē-ˈsər-fəs How to pronounce resurface (audio)
: to provide with a new or fresh surface
resurface the table
: to come again to the surface (as of water)
resurfacer noun
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