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 resurface (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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Recent Examples on the Web The combined cost of the projects is $175,000, with Graven noting the city did receive a Cuyahoga County 50/50 grant to resurface Brookside Drive from Bagley Road to Mill Street and Mill Street from Brookside Drive to Columbia Road. John Benson, cleveland, "Olmsted Falls mayor focuses on finances and safety in 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Lewis said on the air in 2012, one of a handful of clips to resurface in the Senate race, most recently wielded by Smith and her allies. Star Tribune, "Radio rhetoric on the stump," 4 Oct. 2020 When the weather gets too hot and dry, the bacteria sink underneath the ground to avoid drying out and resurface to photosynthesize., "How researchers hope to preserve and restore 'biocrust,' the desert's protective skin," 8 Dec. 2020 The animals who resurface are reburied elsewhere, and authorities guard the site to keep away foxes and birds. Jan M. Olsen,, "Dead mink infected with a possible mutated form of COVID-19 resurface from graves after burial in Denmark," 26 Nov. 2020 Discussions ensued about our future in that corrupt metropolis, with its indifferent neighbors who had hired their unlicensed, uninsured buddy to resurface our roof, armed with a propane tank. New York Times, "How Can I Make a Home After Moving Again?," 17 Dec. 2020 In addition, some Republicans tried to repeal the special provision for musicians in the 2017 tax overhaul before reversing course, but the idea could resurface. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Bob Dylan’s Catalog Sale Highlights a Tax Advantage for Songwriters," 11 Dec. 2020 However, the start of this campaign has seen many of United's problems resurface and the humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham left plenty of fans wondering whether Solskjær really was the man to lead this club forward. Matias Grez, CNN, "Marcus Rashford gives Paris Saint-Germain deja vu with another late winner," 20 Oct. 2020 Videos of some of those have now begun to resurface in Russia. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, "Psaki, next White House press secretary, a veteran messenger," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of resurface

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of resurface was in 1833

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27 Feb 2021

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“Resurface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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