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verb (used with object), re·sur·faced, re·sur·fac·ing.
  1. to give a new surface to.
verb (used without object), re·sur·faced, re·sur·fac·ing.
  1. to come to the surface again.

Origin of resurface

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + surface
Related formsre·sur·fac·er, noun
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  1. (intr) to arise or occur againthe problem resurfaced
  2. (intr) to rise or cause to rise again to the surface
  3. (tr) 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.

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