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Definition of surface verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    surface

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surface
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪs//
     
    he / she / it surfaces
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪsɪz//
     
    past simple surfaced
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪst//
     
    past participle surfaced
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪst//
     
    -ing form surfacing
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːfɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrfɪsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to come up to the surface of water synonym emerge The ducks dived and surfaced again several metres away.
  2. 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 London. No further information has surfaced yet.
  3. 3[intransitive] (informal) to wake up or get up after being asleep He finally surfaced around noon.
  4. 4[transitive] surface something to put a surface on a road, path, etc.
  5. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French (from sur- and face), suggested by Latin superficies.
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