hydrate

noun
hy·​drate | \ˈhī-ˌdrāt \

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 \ noun
hydrator \ˈhī-​ˌdrā-​tər \ 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

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 For another type of treat, hydrate with a Blackberry Crush cocktail next door at Smak, or its famous Bloody Mary with slider, and don't miss the individual s'mores for a perfect afternoon or late-night pick-me-up. Zoe Settle, Town & Country, "What To Do In Telluride This Summer," 18 July 2014 The antioxidant, made of amino acids, hydrates and shields skin from free radicals. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Perricone MD Launches Essential Fx Skin-Care Line With Vitamin F," 9 Aug. 2018 No wonder thousands of reviewers are using this to tone, hydrate, and refresh. Allure, "The 18 Most Popular Beauty Products On Amazon," 1 May 2018 Of course, that’s not to say that all face mists are the devil’s juice, because some really are formulated to help re-hydrate your skin, and, of course, not every single skin type will turn to dust at the slightest spritz of water. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Surprise: Your Face Mist Might Be Making Your Skin Way, Way Worse," 22 Nov. 2017 Humectants are ingredients that draw water (from the air and from the lotion) into skin and in turn, hydrate skin cells. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 When compared with things like your heart and lungs, your skin isn’t high on the must-hydrate list, New York City dermatologist Doris Day, M.D., author of Beyond Beautiful, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Signs You Need to Listen to Your Mom and Drink More Water," 6 Jan. 2018 When milk is cooled, sprinkle culture on top of milk and let hydrate for a minute or two. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Yogurt: Purely homemade," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These ingredients, in my opinion, are best classified as hydrating ingredients and can be used to make your skin look plumper...in the short-term. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018 The scent—a combo of light florals like jasmine, salted caramel, and pistachio—is probably the sexiest thing ever, and the butter provides a thick coating of hydrating moisturizers to leave my normally dry skin soft for hours on end. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "This Foot Cream Is Actually the Best Hand Cream of All Time," 12 Oct. 2018 Canyon Ranch chefs designed a menu for Singapore Airlines with lighter fare for long, sedentary airline trips and high moisture to help hydrate passengers. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Science Behind the World’s Longest Flights," 15 Aug. 2018 This chemical bonding process resulted in an inorganic polymer network more durable than hydrated cement. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Make Concrete With Trash Instead of Cement," 12 July 2018 This spray hydrates hair and helps tame flyaways, and leaves behind a healthy-looking sheen. Alison Smith, Philly.com, "No offense, but coconut oil is the worst," 13 June 2018 Champagne, local beer, and refreshing rosé create a festive spread, but most important is keeping guests hydrated. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018 For the first time in 23 years of brutal winters, my bare naked lips felt smooth, healthy, and hydrated – without 75 layers of lip balm. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "I Tried A Jelly Lip Mask and It Changed My Life," 3 Nov. 2017 Alcohol can act as a diuretic, while water will keep you hydrated and keep motion sickness, headaches and lightheadedness at bay. New York Times, "4 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy on Your Next Trip," 7 June 2018

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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)

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

hydrate

verb

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

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

hydrate

noun
hy·​drate | \ˈhī-ˌdrāt \

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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