re·sur·face | \(ˌ)rē-ˈsər-fəs \
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 \ 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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Hours later, Girard resurfaced — and violently, police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Naked patient pulled out his IVs and ran — then bloodied homeowner with a hammer, Mass. cops say," 15 June 2018 Interstate 77 in south Charlotte will soon be resurfaced, and the N.C. Department of Transportation also plans to improve pavement markings and painted lane lines. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "One of Charlotte's busiest highways to get smoother surface, better markings," 8 June 2018 What's interesting is how, 30 years later, the objections resurface. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Last Temptation of Christ' complaints are nothing new," 7 June 2018 It will be resurfaced with rubber and marked for competition. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "NFL star and Mizzou grad Charles Harris gives back big to his KC alma mater," 1 June 2018 Through Alsip and Crestwood, the county is resurfacing Central Avenue between 127th Street and Route 83/Cal Sag Road. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Road projects on tap for summer in several south, southwest suburbs," 26 May 2018 The controversy could resurface privacy concerns about other advanced technologies from Amazon that the company is commercializing. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to police, allowing them to analyze ‘millions of faces in real-time’," 22 May 2018 An adorable photo of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin appearing on a red carpet together back in 2011 has resurfaced, and fans are flipping out over the throwback moment. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Vintage Photo of Hailey Baldwin & Justin Bieber," 9 July 2018 Now the form of protest has resurfaced as a tool used by gun-reform advocates. Jenni Corwin, Teen Vogue, "What Exactly a Die-In Is, and How to Organize Your Own," 6 July 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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