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English definition of “surface”


verb [I]    /ˈsɜr·fəs/
to appear at the surface of something: The ducks would dive to the bottom of the lake and surface a minute or two later yards away. If a feeling or information surfaces, it becomes known : This story first surfaced about a week ago.
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