- 1[intransitive] to come up to the surface of water synonym emerge The ducks dived and surfaced again several metres 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 London. 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. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French (from sur- and face), suggested by Latin superficies.
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//