Definition of exfoliate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

exfoliate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exfoliate
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪt//
 
he / she / it exfoliates
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪts//
 
past simple exfoliated
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪtɪd//
 
past participle exfoliated
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form exfoliating
BrE BrE//eksˈfəʊlieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈfoʊlieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] exfoliate (something) to remove dead cells from the surface of skin in order to make it smoother Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from late Latin exfoliat- ‘stripped of leaves’, from the verb exfoliare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + folium ‘leaf’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exfoliate