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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web But that's assuming the virus doesn't resurface for a second wave later on in the year. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Don't bet against America, says Fed chief on '60 Minutes'," 17 May 2020 However, researchers are not yet able to predict how many people will die as a result of a second wave of the coronavirus, likely to resurface in the fall and winter. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "The White House’s best-case scenario for the pandemic slips out of reach," 25 Apr. 2020 But that recovery largely rests on domestic tourism, with China severely limiting foreign visitors to insure the virus doesn’t resurface. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 2 Apr. 2020 Martinez and two female passengers began swimming, but police said Martinez submerged and did not resurface. USA TODAY, "Purple potatoes, suffragette mountain, pig your pardon?: News from around our 50 states," 17 Dec. 2019 He was banned from campus, only to resurface on the Indiana State University football team a few months later. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "Jay Hopson Blake Anderson Rod Reed Charlie Strong Seth Littrell Eric Dooley Rocky Long Craig Schurig Wes Kittley Nick Bobeck Shawn Lutz Terry Bowden Sean Kugler Roman Banks Buzz Peterson Jon Harris Mike Sanford Sr. Clarence McKinney Chuck Priore Terry Sims Matt Viator Mel Tucker Kirby Cannon Larry Kennan Hannah Weiss John Grass Doc Holliday Doug Martin Mitch Stewart Tim Beck Kelvin Sampson Tim Flo," 12 Dec. 2019 In other matters, the board approved the more than $2.6 million bid by Walsh & Kelly to do road resurfacing in the city this year and OK’d a contract with DLZ Indiana for $214,390. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Bids awarded to raze five Hobart homes," 6 June 2019 She's also noticed other common stressors, such as the resurfacing trauma of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Hong Kong's mental health had already been battered by the protests. Then came the coronavirus," 4 May 2020 The post with these rules resurfaced in recent days. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact Check: No evidence president asked US citizens to share 'The Trump Rules' on social media," 3 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resurface.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of resurface

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about resurface

Time Traveler for resurface

Time Traveler

The first known use of resurface was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Statistics for resurface

Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for resurface


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)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on resurface

What made you want to look up resurface? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!