hydrate

noun
hy·​drate | \ ˈhī-ˌdrāt How to pronounce hydrate (audio) \

Definition of hydrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a compound formed by the union of water with some other substance

hydrate

verb
hydrated; hydrating

Definition of hydrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to take up or combine with water or the elements of water
2 : to supply with ample fluid or moisture hydrates and softens the skin

intransitive verb

: to become a hydrate

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Other Words from hydrate

Verb

hydration \ hī-​ˈdrā-​shən How to pronounce hydration (audio) \ noun
hydrator \ ˈhī-​ˌdrā-​tər How to pronounce hydrator (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrate in a Sentence

Verb

lotions and creams that hydrate the skin Drink fluids to hydrate the body.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tame flyaways and hydrate fried ends while moisturizing and illuminating your skin, all with this standout body oil with a beautiful fragrance that combines rose, bergamot, lychee, woods, and white musk. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "In Defense of "Festival Beauty," Even for People Who Hate Music Festivals," 25 Apr. 2018 If you’re pressed for time, hydrate bare nails with a hand cream or cuticle oil and hit with a four-sided buffer to achieve a smooth, even surface. Sarah Ferguson, Marie Claire, "3 Spots You're Forgetting About When Getting Ready," 11 Dec. 2018 But the solution is pretty simple there: hydrate and, if the heat starts to go to your head, just get out, Nelson says. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 Try a gentle exfoliating cleanser such as Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash ($6, amazon.com), which helps to cleanse, hydrate, exfoliate, and even calm inflamed skin. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 While Paltrow's go-to pre-bed products clock in at a whopping $603 for the whole cart, at its core, her nighttime routine, clearly, is a surprisingly accessible one: scrub, exfoliate, hydrate, sleep. Andrea Park, Allure, "Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Her Seven-Product Nighttime Routine," 8 Aug. 2018 Additionally, foaming cleansers, gels, and shaving creams can also exacerbate dryness, so stick to cleansers that hydrate. 7. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 Nucifera’s The Mist touts aloe leaf juice, rosewater, and carrot seed oil; while Bodha Modern Wellness’s Calm Ritual Spray hydrates and soothes your skin with wild geranium and Californian sage essential oil. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "5 Body Mists That Promise a Better Night’s Sleep—And Glowing Skin in the Morning," 29 July 2018 The tea tree oil in it also helps fight breakouts while jojoba, olive, grapeseed oils and aloe vera extract hydrate skin. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How I Used Korean Skin Care to Treat My Hormonal Acne," 9 Mar. 2018

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Our beauty director’s must-haves: a do-it-all hydrating balm, cleansing wipes for your face or hands (or the seat), and a lightly scented hand sanitizer. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 First, a moisturizer that contains both hyaluronic acid and SPF, which helps her skin stay hydrated and boosted. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Watch Eiza González’s 8-Minute Wake-Up-and-Go Beauty Routine," 24 Dec. 2018 The goal at this stage is to hydrate all the dry ingredients and make sure everything is evenly mixed. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "This Easy Sheet Cake Recipe Doesn't Seem Like It Should Work, but It's Incredible," 16 Apr. 2018 This natural, tawny pink always goes on smooth and, somehow, hydrates my lips. Glamour, "I’m Wearing Only Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick From Now On," 12 Mar. 2019 The Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream is rich in free radical-fighting antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid to reduce the loss of elasticity and dullness in the face. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Tatcha's Labor Day Sale Features Major Deals on All These Skin-Care Products," 30 Aug. 2018 Milk's latest matte creation blurs imperfections and minimizes shine using natural avocado powder and hydrating hyaluronic acid—minus the telltale white chalky finish. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Face Powders That Will Replace Your Foundation This Fall," 20 Aug. 2018 The cream is rich enough to hydrate my dry skin and leave a pretty glow, but doesn’t leave an oily residue. Glamour, "This SPF Moisturizer Is Perfect If You Hate Wearing Sunscreen," 15 Mar. 2019 For natural beauty made in Spain, pick up Matarrania’s hydrating olive oil products starting at under $20. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrate

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of hydrate was in 1802

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More Definitions for hydrate

hydrate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hydrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

technical : a substance that is formed when water combines with another substance

hydrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hydrate (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat technical : to add water or moisture to (something) : to supply (something) with water

hydrate

noun
hy·​drate | \ ˈhī-ˌdrāt How to pronounce hydrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a compound (as Glauber's salt) formed by the union of water with some other substance

hydrate

verb
hydrated; hydrating

Medical Definition of hydrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to take up or combine with water or the elements of water

intransitive verb

: to become a hydrate

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