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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Shovel crews and resurfacing machines scrape away the top few layers every Coyotes game. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes arena technician's cool job: maintaining ice in the desert," 10 July 2019 In May, however, prosecutors resurfaced the charges under LaHood’s successor, Joe Gonzales. Dylan Mcguinness,, "Judge dismisses parts of AG’s ‘sanctuary city’ lawsuit against San Antonio; driver faced charges in May," 10 July 2019 The $274,260 resurfacing project along nearly 4 miles between county roads 561 and 561A was aimed at bolstering Lake’s status as a bicycling haven and dampening tensions between cyclists and motorists. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Resurfaced Sugarloaf Mountain Road offers smoother ride for cyclists: ‘The road really looks nice’," 6 June 2019 Of course, since the tweet resurfaced, fans have debated whether the rapper should be canceled, with some pointing to other problematic celebrities who’ve been forgiven or highlighting Megan’s age at the time of the tweet. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Megan Thee Stallion Says Resurfaced Homophobic Tweets 'Do Not Represent My Views Now'," 28 June 2019 Debates about the system have resurfaced since prime minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April last year. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019 Greenfield Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 92nd Street to 84th Street as crews resurface the road and repair storm sewers in some locations. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Avoid summer traffic headaches and watch out for these seven major construction projects in the Milwaukee area," 18 June 2019 This is Allen’s next feature following his unreleased A Rainy Day in New York, which was dropped by Amazon after previous allegations of abuse by Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced. Alexia Fernandez,, "Woody Allen Has a New Film in the Works Starring Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon," 4 June 2019 As the memory of my miscarriage resurfaced, so did the guilt. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Not Every Miscarriage Results in Grief, and That’s OK," 15 Oct. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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