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Definition of "exfoliate" [ex•fo•li•ate]

  • To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel. (verb-transitive)
  • To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters. (verb-transitive)
  • To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exfoliate" in a sentence
  • "Maybe I'll take some high-grade sandpaper into the shower and "exfoliate" until most of my skin falls off."
  • "( "exfoliate," I should say, mineralogically) always into something else, -- though that's my fault more than yours; but I must go straight on now."
  • "But I was getting good at sleeping in and rubbing sand onto my shins to exfoliate what was dead, and that counted for something."