mois·​tur·​ize | \-chə-ˌrīz \
moisturized; moisturizing

Definition of moisturize 

transitive verb

: to add moisture to moisturize the air a cream that moisturizes the skin

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moisturizer noun

Examples of moisturize in a Sentence

Use this cream to gently moisturize dry skin.

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After washing Kardashian West’s face with Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water and moisturizing her skin with the brand’s Vit C Energizing Mask, Dedivanovic focused on her eyes. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian West Matched Her Eyeballs to Her Eye Makeup," 5 June 2018 My personal fav: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Sooth, which uses aloe vera to lightly moisturize skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "4 Brilliant Tricks to Keep Your Spray Tan From Fading so Damn Fast," 23 May 2018 Leave-in conditioners are great for moisturizing, adding a touch of shine and hyping up your waves or curls without weighing your hair down like gel or grease. Lamar Dawson, GQ, "5 Subtle Grooming Flexes You Can Learn from John Legend," 27 Mar. 2018 This protects them from the sun and moisturizes them in a way that preserves them for longer. Jon Roth, Esquire, "David Beckham Wants You to Look Beautiful, Just Like Him," 9 Jan. 2018 Primer helps moisturize and stretch wearability of makeup. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Makeup Tips for People Whose Eyes Water All the Time," 20 June 2018 Starting out with the clarifying shampoo helps remove any product buildup, the Stirrup sisters add, while the moisturizing one helps hydrate and detangle hair. Devon Abelman, Allure, "11 Curl-Washing Tips From Real Women With Kinky-Curly Hair," 12 July 2018 It’s made of cornstarch and kaolin clay, among a few moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, and is scented with jasmine. Louise Green, SELF, "5 Tips for Avoiding Inner-Thigh Chafing This Summer," 5 July 2018 Its moisturizing benefits will improve the texture of your skin too! Woman's Day, "7 Fun in the Sun Essentials," 29 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of moisturize

1945, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of moisturize

: to add moisture to (something, such as a person's skin)

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