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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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 dealer resurfaced the rotors free of charge, and the pulsing brake pedal has yet to return. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our Subaru Ascent Drinks Heavily When Towing," 24 Jan. 2020 Comedian Kevin Hart was supposed to host the Oscars last year but dropped out after homophobic tweets resurfaced. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Oscars will go hostless for second year in a row," 8 Jan. 2020 The trauma resurfaced when the detectives showed up at his house a few years later, and again during counseling sessions and conversations with his wife over the years. Kristina Davis, Los Angeles Times, "California braces for deluge of child-sex-assault lawsuits under new law," 20 Oct. 2019 The trauma resurfaced when the detectives showed up at his house a few years later, and again during counseling sessions and conversations with his wife over the years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California braces for onslaught of child sex assault lawsuits under new law," 20 Oct. 2019 Gibson’s notebooks resurfaced in 1996 thanks to fisheries consultant Skip McKinnell, then with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and now based in Victoria. Lesley Evans Ogden, Science | AAAS, "Century-old salmon-smeared notebooks reveal past bounty of fisheries," 20 Aug. 2019 During Andrews-Sullivan’s campaign, old charges filed against her for allegedly writing hot checks resurfaced. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio Councilwoman Andrews-Sullivan, campaign worker at odds over $4,200 in payments," 18 July 2019 Allen’s offensive tweets resurface Allen had been holding position near the top of everyone’s mock draft – but a last-minute incident on the eve of the draft may end up hurting his stock. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "NFL Draft Hype Tracker: Josh Allen's meteoric rise to potential No. 1," 26 Apr. 2018 But changes are afoot: The sidewalks will be widened from 35 to 37 feet and resurfaced with concrete pavers. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Car-free Market Street," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of resurface

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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