Definition of resurface in English:


Syllabification: re·sur·face
Pronunciation: /rēˈsərfəs


  • 1 [with object] Put a new coating on or reform (a surface such as a road, a floor, or ice).
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    • Construction to rebuild and resurface the road has reached Phase Two.
    • The road was being resurfaced and glistened with fudge-soft tarmac.
    • ‘We need changes; we need speed bumps and the roads need to be resurfaced,’ she says.
  • 2 [no object] Come back up to the surface: he resurfaced beside the boat
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    • My ears pop, as if submerging in water then resurfacing.
    • Once resurfacing from the water, hair in his eyes, he could see Jo laughing, not so discreetly slapping her thigh in mirth.
    • With that, he pushed Amy under the water and when she resurfaced, he laughed and made her kick her feet so that they would get to the island faster.
  • 2.1Arise or become evident again: serious concerns about the welfare of animals eventually resurfaced
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    • He suggests tossing it in the sea but Gandalf says it would eventually resurface.
    • When authorities thought they had the situation under control, however, the virus resurfaced last month in Perak.
    • The virus, which caused brain damage in dozens of victims, has resurfaced this year in several Malaysian villages.
  • 2.2(Of a person) come out of hiding or obscurity: he resurfaced under a false identity in Australia
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    • George's long-lost sister Emily similarly resurfaces as ‘a French lady, named De Thoux’ at the end of the novel.
    • When the baron's wife resurfaces in the text to greet the king who is de passage, she again drips with disingenuousness.
    • She occasionally resurfaces to publish these short stories and to feed.

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