June 18, 2012
moisturize (verb)
\MOYSS-chuh-ryze\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to add moisture to
How do you use it?
Gardening work can be rough on your skin, so it's important to moisturize your hands after you're done digging in the dirt.
Are you a word wiz?

Today we're going to put both your word skills and your knowledge of history to the test. What do you think happened around the same time that the word "moisturize" first appeared in English?

You're not all wet if you picked answer D. "Moisturize" was first used in the mid-1900s, around the same time that Boulder Dam, completed in 1936, was renamed Hoover Dam to honor President Hebert Hoover. Before that time, the word "moisten" (which has been around since the late 1500s) served when people needed a word meaning "to make or become moist," as in "the dew moistened the grass." "Moisturize" was coined later to describe adding moisture, usually from some human-made object or substance, like a humidifier that adds moisture to the air, or a lotion that adds moisture to skin.
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