refrigerate

verb
re·​frig·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt How to pronounce refrigerate (audio) \
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

Other Words from refrigerate

refrigeration \ ri-​ˌfri-​jə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce refrigerate (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Asha Loupy, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 Pour into serving glasses or divide among glass jars, cover and refrigerate for up to four days. Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove the chicken from marinade, reserving liquid. Southern Kitchen, USA TODAY, 12 July 2022 Transfer to a clean bottle, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Adrienne Cheatham, Robb Report, 20 June 2022 Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2021 Place in an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to overnight. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of refrigerate was in 1534

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9 Aug 2022

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“Refrigerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refrigerate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for refrigerate

refrigerate

verb
re·​frig·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt How to pronounce refrigerate (audio) \
refrigerated; refrigerating

Kids Definition of refrigerate

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

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