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 With hands full of shiny statues, who has the ability to self-hydrate? Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge prepare to host SNL whilst holding three Emmys," 2 Oct. 2019 Formulated with avocado oil to hydrate, cocoa butter to soften, and shea butter to protect from further dehydration, this rich eye cream acts as the perfect barrier against the arid air in the cabin. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 Many methane hydrate deposits exist along the Gulf of Mexico shore and other coastlines. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity," 17 July 2019 One more test: Can manuka honey hydrate my parched skin? Jaime Osnato, SELF, "I Washed My Face With Manuka Honey for a Week—Here’s What Happened," 6 June 2019 As August continues, experts advise residents to keep an eye on temperatures and limit their outdoor activities, hydrate and monitor children, elderly people and animals accordingly. Alexa Díazstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "After July was named the hottest month ever recorded, a cooldown is expected in Southern California," 6 Aug. 2019 Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection has a serum-like consistency, with ingredients that help hydrate, blur, and smooth the skin. Kirbie Johnson, Glamour, "Pat McGrath’s New Foundation Completely Transformed My Acne-Prone Skin," 29 July 2019 For the event, Niantic encourages players to bring a water bottle to hydrate during the daylong catch session. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Here’s the Pokemon Go Fest 2019 map," 10 June 2019 In spring and summer, wear sunscreen and hats to ward off sunburn and hydrate properly—temperatures can sometimes top 100°F. Freelance writer Nneka M. Okona is based in Atlanta. National Geographic, "Find epic stargazing at ‘New Mexico’s Machu Picchu’," 25 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This tactic will reinforce the body’s natural tears and keep the eye’s surface hydrated. Phillip Yuhas, Quartz, "Blue light isn’t the main cause of eye fatigue and sleep loss," 8 Nov. 2019 The results are troubling: Hippos need water to survive, specifically to keep their skin hydrated, and water is disappearing, leading to growing social unrest among the beasts. Wired, "Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved," 4 Nov. 2019 While a helping of cranberry can't treat an infection, drinking cranberry juice in addition to staying hydrated generally might be helpful for supporting the health of your urinary tract. Christine Yu, Health.com, "7 Things Every Woman Should Know About UTIs," 7 Nov. 2019 Reusable water bottles make staying hydrated easy, cut down on disposable plastic use and, with ever-updating colors, shapes and patterns, offer a way to make a fashion or lifestyle statement. Washington Post, "Plastic, metal or glass: What’s the best material for a reusable water bottle?," 25 Sep. 2019 The answer: Staying hydrated, which can help your brain think more clearly and productively. Judy Koutsky, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ease Back into a Healthy, Post-Summer Routine," 12 Sep. 2019 Both were vocal throughout, from correcting receivers to making sure teammates stayed hydrated. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU football confident, competitive during opening preseason practice," 2 Aug. 2019 Japan’s Meteorological Agency said that temperatures are likely to remain high throughout the week, and advised people to take precautions like staying hydrated, according to the Times. Amy Gunia, Time, "Deadly Heatwave Kills 11 and Hospitalizes Thousands in Japan," 31 July 2019 But Smith Pancheri encourages guests to stay hydrated by bringing empty bottles that can be filled with water throughout the grounds. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What families need to know about Summerfest, from free stuff for kids to how to bring in diapers," 17 June 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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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hydrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrate. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for hydrate

hydrate

noun
How to pronounce hydrate (audio)

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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