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refrigerate

verb re·frig·er·ate \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt\

: to put or keep (something, such as food) in a refrigerator in order to make it cold or keep it fresh

re·frig·er·at·edre·frig·er·at·ing

Full Definition of REFRIGERATE

transitive verb
:  to make or keep cold or cool; specifically :  to freeze or chill (as food) for preservation
re·frig·er·a·tion \-ˌfri-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
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Examples of REFRIGERATE

  1. Refrigerate the mixture for an hour before serving.
  2. <refrigerate the cake after you frost it so that the frosting doesn't melt>

Origin of REFRIGERATE

Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare, from re- + frigerare to cool, from frigor-, frigus cold — more at frigid
First Known Use: 1534

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REFRIGERATE Defined for Kids

refrigerate

verb re·frig·er·ate \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt\
re·frig·er·at·edre·frig·er·at·ing

Definition of REFRIGERATE for Kids

:  to make or keep cold or cool especially by placing in a refrigerator

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