mois·​tur·​ize ˈmȯis-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce moisturize (audio)
moisturized; moisturizing; moisturizes

transitive verb

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

Examples of moisturize in a Sentence

Use this cream to gently moisturize dry skin.
Recent Examples on the Web This sunscreen moisturizes the skin with beeswax, jojoba, and sunflower oil. Ambrosia V. Brody, Parents, 20 Feb. 2024 CeraVe: Playing off Michael Cera’s name for the moisturizing cream was goofy enough to work mildly. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 This dog shampoo soothes and moisturizes the skin with a calming blend of oatmeal, aloe vera, and vitamin E. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 After shampooing, conditioning, washing, and moisturizing with Icelandic Pea Blossom and Gardenia everything, our signature scent doesn’t stand a chance. Jonathan Soroff, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 Similarly, look out for formulas that contain hyaluronic acid, a powerful hydrator that occurs naturally in the body, as well as glycerin to soften and moisturize. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2024 This combo is made the clean and moisturize your scalp and hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 This body scrub from Tree Hut is made with shea butter and a blend of natural oils, which work together to moisturize and nourish her skin. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 1 Feb. 2024 The addition of willow bark exfoliates and stimulates cell-renewal, all while moisturizing and restoring your skin’s natural glow. Talia Connor, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'moisturize.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moisturize was in 1945

Dictionary Entries Near moisturize

Cite this Entry

“Moisturize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mois·​tur·​ize ˈmȯish-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce moisturize (audio)
moisturized; moisturizing
: to add moisture to
moisturize the air
moisturizer noun

More from Merriam-Webster on moisturize

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!