re·​frig·​er·​ate | \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt \
refrigerated; refrigerating

Definition of refrigerate 

transitive verb

: to make or keep cold or cool specifically : to freeze or chill for preservation foods that should be refrigerated

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Other Words from refrigerate

refrigeration \ri-​ˌfri-​jə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for refrigerate


chill, cool


heat, toast, warm

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Examples of refrigerate in a Sentence

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

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Transfer to prepared dish, sprinkle with feta and bake (or cover and refrigerate overnight). Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Make-Ahead Sausage and Egg Casserole," 9 Oct. 2018 Transfer the pudding to a small dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 15 minutes before serving. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve the crab cakes. Noelle Carter,, "Culinary SOS: Crab cakes from the Watercolour Grillhouse in Florida," 10 Apr. 2018 Brush cake with remaining syrup, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 10 hours or up to 24. Country Living, "Coconut Cake," 13 July 2012 Place on a baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours. Georgeanne Brennan, House Beautiful, "Butterflied Turkey with Herb Glaze and Gravy Recipe," 25 Oct. 2010 When cooled, cover the fish with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 3 hours or up to 3 days. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Perfect Poached Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce," 21 Nov. 2014 Storing: Dressing may be stored up to one week, refrigerated in an airtight container. Debbi Snook,, "April Thompson's Pasta Salad with Matcha Tea Dressing (recipe)," 4 Apr. 2018 The dough can be made in advance and refrigerated for several days. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of refrigerate

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for refrigerate

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

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English Language Learners Definition of refrigerate

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


re·​frig·​er·​ate | \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt \
refrigerated; refrigerating

Kids Definition of refrigerate

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

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