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verb surface pronunciation in British English /ˈsɜː(r)fɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesurfacing
past tensesurfaced
past participlesurfaced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become known or obvious after being hidden
    In the aftermath of the trial, charges of corruption have begun to surface.
    New information about the murder is slowly surfacing.
    1. a.
      to appear after being lost or hidden
      After being missing for two months, the girl surfaced in Northumberland.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to rise up to, or to appear at, the surface of water
    The divers were forced to surface after their equipment was damaged.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] British humorous to get out of bed, especially after sleeping for a long time
    Don’t expect Jennifer to surface before noon.


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