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EXFOLIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exfoliate mean? 

EXFOLIATE (verb)
  The verb EXFOLIATE has 5 senses:

1. spread by opening the leaves of
2. cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
3. remove the surface, in scales or laminae
4. come off in a very thin piece
5. grow by producing or unfolding leaves

  Familiarity information: EXFOLIATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXFOLIATE (verb)


Sense 1exfoliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread by opening the leaves of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "exfoliate" is one way to...):

open; spread; spread out; unfold (spread out or open from a closed or folded state)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2exfoliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "exfoliate" is one way to...):

cast; cast off; drop; shake off; shed; throw; throw away; throw off (get rid of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3exfoliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the surface, in scales or laminae

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "exfoliate" is one way to...):

peel off (peel off the outer layer of something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4exfoliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come off in a very thin piece

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "exfoliate" is one way to...):

break away; break off; chip; chip off; come off (break off (a piece from a whole))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5exfoliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grow by producing or unfolding leaves

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

plants exfoliate

Hypernyms (to "exfoliate" is one way to...):

grow (increase in size by natural process)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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