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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.
1885-90; re- + surface
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resurfacer, noun Unabridged
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Examples for resurface
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for resurface
1886, "to provide with a fresh surface," from re- "back, again" + surface (q.v.). Meaning "to come to the surface again" is recorded from 1953.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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