surface - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlesurfacing
past tensesurfaced
past participlesurfaced
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become known or obvious after being hidden

    In the aftermath of the trial, charges of corruption have begun to surface.

    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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to put a surface on a road, especially to make it smoother
  5. 5
    [transitive] to make something clear or visible so that people can see it or use it

    ITG will help you surface the hidden costs that are eating away at your profits.

    Senators use outside advisory groups to surface the names of potential nominees for a judgeship.