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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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 Shape mush: Spoon into a loaf pan and refrigerate overnight. Debbi Snook,, "Cornmeal mush fried in bacon fat from Ben Bebenroth (recipe)," 9 May 2018 The glaze can be made and refrigerated two days ahead. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 Makes about 2 cups; can be refrigerated up to 1 week. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Green Goddess Carrot Salad," 26 June 2017 But wedding cakes typically need to be made and refrigerated several days before to make sure there's enough time for them to be delivered to the venue, which is a lot of time for your unfrosted cake to get stale. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "Lots of People Think Brides Need to Stop Serving Naked Cakes At Their Weddings," 17 Sep. 2016 For the mint yogurt: Combine yogurt, mint and cumin in a small bowl; refrigerate until ready to serve. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 In trailers that are refrigerated to keep produce fresh, lightly clothed migrants — some sweaty from the trek or wet from the Rio Grande — can freeze. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 Store leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container and smear it on your next roast beef or turkey sandwich. Claire Perez,, "How to make your own aioli sauce," 13 July 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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