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[ ree-sur-fis ]

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.


/ riːˈsɜːfɪs /


  1. intr to arise or occur again

    the 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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  • re·surfac·er noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of resurface1

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + surface
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Example Sentences

They constantly fear being retraumatized, because at any moment the images could resurface and once again ruin their lives.

Several prominent Democrats and activist groups are arguing Greene should resign or be removed from elected office, and a small number of GOP lawmakers have also criticized her after her posts and comments resurfaced.

As the origin tale of the mittens began to seep out on Inauguration Day, that old Twitter account resurfaced.

Alibaba’s billionaire founder resurfaced as he spoke to 100 rural teachers through a video call, three months after his last public appearance in October, sending the e-commerce firm’s shares up more than 8% in Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, his injury issues resurfaced when he appeared to hurt his leg on a subsequent run.

It went into remission, but it would resurface in 2011; and Scott was able to beat it once again.

Relics, paintings, ancient texts, and other links to our past that were lost suddenly resurface in hard to explain places.

But amid the allegations of sexual abuse, allegations of physical abuse have also begun to resurface.

It was a strange way to resurface nearly seven months after his last television appearance.

Of course Martha will resurface, via a rather contrived encounter with Nicholas, and of course Regina will have to decide.

They are especially likely to resurface during periods of insecurity, disappointment, and frustration.


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