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[mois-chuh-rahyz] /ˈmɔɪs tʃəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), moisturized, moisturizing.
to add or restore moisture to (something):
to moisturize one's skin with lotion; to moisturize air.
verb (used without object), moisturized, moisturizing.
to make something moist; counteract a dry condition with moisture:
a skin cream that moisturizes while you sleep.
Also, especially British, moisturise.
Origin of moisturize
1940-45; moisture + -ize
Related forms
demoisturize, verb (used with object), demoisturized, demoisturizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moisturize
  • Before you go to sleep, clean your face and moisturize, get rid of those radicals.
  • moisturizers moisturize, fresheners freshen and cleansers cleanse.
  • Use water-soluble lubricating jelly to moisturize the mouth.
  • During winter months, moisturize with a heavy cream or ointment.
  • It's the skin-caring way to stop germs while you moisturize.
  • Applying lotion should moisturize the onion skin, reduce friction and help prevent skin tears.
  • moisturize your body right after your shower to seal in water, and repeat throughout the day.
British Dictionary definitions for moisturize


(transitive) to add or restore moisture to (the air, the skin, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moisturize

1945, from moisture + -ize. Related: Moisturized; moisturizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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