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

After one use, my curls felt perfectly hydrated and bouncy, sans greasy residue. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018 Exfoliating once or twice a week to remove any dead skin cells on the surface will help prevent ingrown hairs, and finishing with lotion or oil will keep skin hydrated and protected. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Facial Hair Removal Guide: How to Remove Every Unwanted Hair From Your Face," 10 Oct. 2018 The fish could help hydrate her, and feed the young whale, which is so emaciated her cranium is visible. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Hand-feeding a wild orca: Inside the practice run to save the ailing killer whale J50," 6 Aug. 2018 Taking water and a spray bottle are great ways to keep them (and you!) hydrated and refreshed. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "When to walk your dog to avoid the heat," 13 July 2018 No shock value here, keep your hydrangeas hydrated. Micaela English, Town & Country, "13 Facts Every Hydrangea Enthusiast Needs To Know," 30 Mar. 2015 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

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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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