To hydrate is to add or absorb water. It's hot outside — don't forget to hydrate by drinking plenty of water!
If you want to sound fancy, you can use the word hydrate every time you get a drink of water. Along with most organisms, we need to hydrate, or ingest water, to stay alive. This verb is also commonly used to mean "moisturize," as in "this magic cream will hydrate your skin like you won't believe!" As a noun, hydrate refers to a chemical compound that includes water molecules. A French chemist coined the noun in 1800 from the Greek hydor, "water."