Definition of resurface in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːˈsəːfɪs/


1 [with object] Put a new coating on or re-form (a surface, especially a road): I helped my mother to resurface the kitchen floor (as noun resurfacing) the road has been closed for resurfacing
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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 of water: 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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