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English definition of “surface”

surface

noun [S] (APPEARANCE)    /ˈsɜː.fɪs/ US  /ˈsɝː-/
B2 The surface of a situation or person is what they appear to be, or the features they have that are not hidden or difficult to see : On the surface, this seems like a difficult problem , but in fact there's an easy solution to it. Beneath/Below/Under the surface of contemporary West Indian life lurk memories of slavery . Suddenly , all her anger came/ rose to the surface (= became obvious ).Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending
(Definition of surface noun (APPEARANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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