- 1 [intransitive] to come up to the surface of water synonym emerge The ducks dived and surfaced again several yards away.
- 2 [intransitive] to suddenly appear or become obvious after having been hidden for a while synonym emerge Doubts began to surface. She surfaced again years later in Los Angeles. No further information has surfaced yet.
- 3[intransitive] (informal) to wake up or get up after being asleep He finally surfaced around noon.
- 4[transitive] surface something to put a surface on a road, path, etc.
NAmE//ˈsərfəs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surface
he / she / it surfaces
past simple surfaced
-ing form surfacing