exfoliate

verb
ex·​fo·​li·​ate | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \
exfoliated; exfoliating

Definition of exfoliate

transitive verb

1 : to cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
2 : to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3 : to spread or extend by or as if by opening out leaves

intransitive verb

1 : to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2 : to come off in thin layers or scales
3 : to grow by or as if by producing or unfolding leaves

Other Words from exfoliate

exfoliation \ (ˌ)eks-​ˌfō-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \ noun
exfoliative \ eks-​ˈfō-​lē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of exfoliate in a Sentence

a soap that promises to help me exfoliate all that dry, flaky skin I've apparently been carrying around
Recent Examples on the Web Users with the skin condition rave about its ability to smooth and exfoliate after just one use. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2021 The secret to wearing a lipstick this dark is to make sure to exfoliate your lips beforehand to get the smoothest application. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 26 Oct. 2021 For supple lips, PCA Skin’s plumper will do the trick, while Revision Skincare’s cleanser works to exfoliate, smooth, and brighten skin over time. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 But this serum doesn't just exfoliate — hyaluronic acid restores moisture while vitamin E protects from environmental damage. Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 28 Nov. 2021 There are lots of ways to exfoliate, from serums to acne treatments to cleansers. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2021 Adding in the glycolic helps with brightening and the chemicals exfoliate the skin in a way that's a little bit different from the tretinoin or a harsh scrub. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 10 Nov. 2021 Use the trio of products designed to gently cleanse, exfoliate, protect, and moisturize daily to uncover your best skin. Essence, 20 Sep. 2021 File your nails, exfoliate your feet with a brown sugar scrub. Sara Miranda, Allure, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of exfoliate

1612, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exfoliate

Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare to strip of leaves, from Latin ex- + folium leaf — more at blade

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13 Jan 2022

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“Exfoliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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exfoliate

verb
ex·​fo·​li·​ate | \ -ˈfō-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \
exfoliated; exfoliating

Medical Definition of exfoliate

transitive verb

1 : to cast off in scales or laminae
2 : to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3 : to shed (teeth) by exfoliation

intransitive verb

1 : to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2 : to come off in thin layers or scales : scale off

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