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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The government in Abuja has claimed to have killed Shekau on three separate occasions only for the group's leader to resurface alive and well in later videos. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "What is Boko Haram, the militant group terrorizing Nigeria?," 19 June 2018 Crews were in the area to resurface the road on the interstate, officials said. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Minivan collides with dump truck in deadly crash on Charlotte interstate," 6 June 2018 James Burdette, 17, was able to swim to a rock and was rescued by helicopter, but Christian Burdette never resurfaced. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "‘Tired of pulling folks’ from river, state takes measures to keep swimmers out," 31 May 2018 The Public Works Department will continue its road resurfacing project and will work with Hamilton County on identifying public roads in need of attention. Forrest Sellers,, "Body cameras, retail growth efforts on tap for 2018 in Delhi Township," 4 Jan. 2018 His periscope dropped down below the waves, never to resurface again. Claire Lampen, Marie Claire, "Oh Great, There's a New Horrible Dating Trend to Have to Worry About," 29 Dec. 2017 And as many of his old tweets were resurfaced and heavily criticized during that time, Hart initially tried to delete them rather than discuss them. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 The video appeared to have been filmed in September but recently resurfaced and could cost Perry (1,089 yards passing, 13 touchdowns) a Pinstripe start. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Miami, Wisconsin set to battle cold in frigid Pinstripe Bowl," 26 Dec. 2018 Back in 2015, Facebook notoriously began resurfacing painful memories for people using its On This Day callback feature. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users," 27 Nov. 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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