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 All 14 clay courts and four hard courts have been resurfaced by ProWorld. Gary Curreri,, "King’s Academy freshman competes in tennis tournament," 11 Oct. 2019 For subscribers: Shell shocked in 2016 and 2018, Harris County Republicans are planning a comeback To prove his point, Cruz brought up a viral Twitter meme that resurfaced in June. Raga Justin, Houston Chronicle, "Sen. Ted Cruz on the ‘rage’ of Democrats: ‘We gotta respond with smiles’," 9 Sep. 2019 In the wide-ranging interview, Azalea reflected on past backlash she's received for things like her look, which some have deemed an appropriation of black culture, and racist tweets that resurfaced during her run in the limelight. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Iggy Azalea shares controversial view of cultural appropriation, response to nude photo hack," 7 Aug. 2019 The victims whose belongings did somehow survive—collections that resurfaced, canvases that were reclaimed—were often prominent collectors, the works Klimts and Chagalls. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019 Having to adjust my expectations of what my life and health look like will be challenges that resurface again and again. Annalise Mabe, SELF, "Being Pregnant With Crohn's Disease Means Accepting That I Don't Always Have Control Over My Body," 24 July 2019 But upon visiting the Russian capital this week as part of a brief promotional visit arranged by Fox Sports, the Americans' head coach took in the World Cup spirit that will resurface on a smaller scale in 2019. Steven Goff,, "U.S. women's soccer is one year from the World Cup. It seems closer for coach Jill Ellis.," 12 July 2018 Another photo also recently resurfaced that showed the pair together at a gym. Eric Todisco,, "Jim Edmonds Defends Taking Nanny to a Hockey Game as Meghan King Edmonds Breaks Her Silence," 29 Oct. 2019 Merchants had been told the lot would be resurfaced and relined and available for the holiday season — but now they’ve been warned not to count on it. Heather Knight,, "Lowell High School student pushes plan to lower voting age," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of resurface

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resurface.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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