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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Other Words from resurface

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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With the separate households now official, untrue rumors of a feud between the two couples will no doubt resurface, but Kensington Palace stresses that this move has long been on the cards for Harry. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Harry and Meghan’s Split from William and Kate to Start Their Own Royal Household," 15 Mar. 2019 Almost as soon as Hart is announced, and continuing over the next couple days, tweets resurface from between 2009 to 2011 that Hart had deleted before the Oscars announcement. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why There Isn't an Oscars Host In 2019: A Comprehensive Timeline," 23 Feb. 2019 Worries over global growth resurfaced this week, pushing stocks, oil and Treasury yields lower once again Tuesday. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Risky Assets Move in Tandem, Stoking Fears More Volatility Lies Ahead," 23 Jan. 2019 These objections resurfaced as the president returned to the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections last November. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Critics demand networks fact-check Trump’s live immigration speech," 8 Jan. 2019 Cohn, a former top-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs and extremely rich person, for his trouble got to help put through a regressive tax cut and, eventually resurface lecturing freshman members of Congress on the ways of the world. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 The accusations against Kavanaugh resurfaced similar ones leveled against Associate Justice Clarence Thomas during his own confirmation hearings in 1991. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation process has been 'an intergalactic freak show,' Sen. Kennedy says," 16 Sep. 2018 Thankfully for those who are embracing the current maximalist movement, Suno is resurfacing with a homeware collection made in collaboration with Anthropologie. Catherine Dash, Vogue, "Suno Resurfaces With a Collection of Patterned Home Goods for Anthropologie," 8 Aug. 2018 As often happens when someone spends awhile in the spotlight, the internet has resurfaced one of Cuarón's past misdeeds. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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