To dampen; to replenish lost liquid; to add vapor; to humidify. "Moisturize" usually suggests that the thing receiving liquid is made slightly wet, but is not saturated. Over-the-counter (OTC) skin lotions contain ingredients that moisturize dry skin, making it soft and supple but not wet. Humidifiers vaporize water to moisturize dry air. The term "moist heat" is used to describe compresses or towels dampened with hot water and applied to the site of inflammation or pain to provide relief. "Moisturize" is derived from the Old French word "moiste," meaning moldy. "Moiste" was derived from "mucidus," the Latin word for "moldy."

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  • moisturize — (v.) 1945, from MOISTURE (Cf. moisture) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Moisturized; moisturizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • moisturize — (Amer.) mois·tur·ize || mɔɪstʃəraɪz v. make moist; add moisturizer (also moisturise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moisturize — (also moisturise) ► VERB ▪ make (something, especially skin) less dry …   English terms dictionary

  • moisturize — [mois′chərīz΄] vt., vi. moisturized, moisturizing to add, provide, or restore moisture to (the skin, air, etc.) moisturizer n …   English World dictionary

  • moisturize — UK [ˈmɔɪstʃəraɪz] / US [ˈmɔɪstʃəˌraɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms moisturize : present tense I/you/we/they moisturize he/she/it moisturizes present participle moisturizing past tense moisturized past participle moisturized to make… …   English dictionary

  • moisturize — /moys cheuh ruyz /, v., moisturized, moisturizing. v.t. 1. to add or restore moisture to (something): to moisturize one s skin with lotion; to moisturize air. v.i. 2. to make something moist; counteract a dry condition with moisture: a skin cream …   Universalium

  • moisturize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1945 to add moisture to < moisturize the air > < a cream that moisturizes the skin > • moisturizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moisturize — verb Moisturize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑skin …   Collocations dictionary

  • moisturize — mois|tur|ize also moisturise BrE [ˈmɔıstʃəraız] v [I and T] 1.) to make your skin less dry by using special cream ▪ You should cleanse, tone and moisturize every day for healthy looking skin. 2.) moisturizing cream/lotion/oil etc cream, oil etc… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moisturize — [[t]mɔ͟ɪstʃəraɪz[/t]] moisturizes, moisturizing, moisturized VERB If you moisturize your skin, you rub cream into it to make it softer. If a cream moisturizes your skin, it makes it softer. [V n] ...products to moisturise, protect and firm your… …   English dictionary

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