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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Recent Examples on the Web The fundraiser has a goal of $1 million for complete roof replacement on all the buildings, upgrading storefronts and signage, resurfacing parking lots and sidewalks, and more. Allen Kim, CNN, "A group in Tulsa hopes to rebuild 'Black Wall Street,' destroyed in a bloody 1921 race massacre," 14 Jan. 2020 Monthly Monitor: Wariness resurfaces as Fed signals it isn’t eager to cut rates again soon after last week’s quarter-point reduction. WSJ, "Investing in Funds & ETFs," 2 Jan. 2020 The disease has resurfaced globally as vaccination rates have fallen, experts said., "Since September, over 5,600 measles cases have been recorded in the Pacific island nation of about 200,000 people, the Health Ministry said. At least 81 people have died, many of them younger than 5.," 31 Dec. 2019 Imagine Mike Krzyzewski departing Duke and later resurfacing at North Carolina. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "For better or worse, the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry is growing more civilized," 28 Dec. 2019 He was hired to host the Oscars but dropped out after homophobic tweets written by him resurfaced. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch this Weekend: Kevin Hart's crash, Oscars drama, and more explored in Don't F**k This Up," 27 Dec. 2019 The charity then alerts the media, and local news reports resurface speculation about who the donor — or donors — might be. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Gold coins worth $1,500 each dropped into Salvation Army kettles," 20 Dec. 2019 Right now Camila Cabello is finding out what happens when those posts resurface. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Camila Cabello Apologizes for Her ‘Embarrassingly Ignorant’ Social Media Posts," 19 Dec. 2019 The suspect, 21-year-old Portland Community College student Abulrahman Sameer Noorah, vanished weeks before his manslaughter trial and later resurfaced in Saudi Arabia. oregonlive, "Congress poised to declassify what FBI knows about Saudis spiriting criminals out of US," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurface.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce resurface (audio)

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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