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[ree-sur-fis] /riˈsɜr fɪs/
verb (used with object), resurfaced, resurfacing.
to give a new surface to.
verb (used without object), resurfaced, resurfacing.
to come to the surface again.
Origin of resurface
1885-90; re- + surface
Related forms
resurfacer, noun Unabridged
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  • The ruins of an ancient village submerged by the construction of a hydroelectric dam resurface when lake levels are low.
  • As colonial powers withdrew from the continent, they often left a power vacuum that allowed old tribal conflicts to resurface.
  • One would go completely under and resurface to lock tusks with the other guy.
  • Furthermore, insects routinely sink below water's surface due to rain or turbulence, but always manage to resurface.
  • Supporters are optimistic that the bill in one form or another could resurface in future legislative sessions.
  • It's funny how particular game seems to resurface at different times.
  • Or perhaps political instability, a perennial wild card, will resurface and skew the economics of the industry once again.
  • If growth does not persist then doubts about the sustainability of debt will continue to resurface at short intervals.
  • That's his deepest instinct, and some version of it will resurface before long.
  • Although that legislation died in committee, it will probably resurface again this year.
British Dictionary definitions for resurface


(intransitive) to arise or occur again: the problem resurfaced
(intransitive) to rise or cause to rise again to the surface
(transitive) to supply (something) with a new surface
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Word Origin and History for resurface

1886, "to provide with a fresh surface," from re- "back, again" + surface (v.). Meaning "to come to the surface again" is recorded from 1953. Related: Resurfaced; resurfacing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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