verb (used with object), mois·tur·ized, mois·tur·iz·ing.

to add or restore moisture to (something): to moisturize one's skin with lotion; to moisturize air.

verb (used without object), mois·tur·ized, mois·tur·iz·ing.

to make something moist; counteract a dry condition with moisture: a skin cream that moisturizes while you sleep.

Also especially British, mois·tur·ise.

Origin of moisturize

First recorded in 1940–45; moisture + -ize
Related formsde·mois·tur·ize, verb (used with object), de·mois·tur·ized, de·mois·tur·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) to add or restore moisture to (the air, the skin, etc)
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Word Origin and History for moisturize

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

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