[ ree-sur-fis ]
/ riˈsɜr fɪs /

verb (used with object), re·sur·faced, re·sur·fac·ing.

to give a new surface to.

verb (used without object), re·sur·faced, re·sur·fac·ing.

to come to the surface again.

Origin of resurface

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + surface
Related formsre·sur·fac·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resurface


/ (riːˈsɜːfɪs) /


(intr) to arise or occur againthe problem resurfaced
(intr) to rise or cause to rise again to the surface
(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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