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

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refrigeration \ ri-​ˌfri-​jə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce refrigeration (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 a few hours to improve the flavor. cleveland, "Here’s how to make yogurt at home. It’s easier than you think," 30 June 2020 Use the pesto immediately or transfer it to an airtight container or glass jar and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 Transfer the sauce to a bowl and chill before serving, or refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 Wrap and refrigerate to keep fresh if not using right away. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020 Seal the jar and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Sparkling White Sangria with Fresh Herbs," 10 June 2020 The flavor of this dish will improve if refrigerated overnight and reheated the next day before garnishing. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chiles de la Sierra with Queso Añejo," 3 June 2020 Authorities believe Barton was last seen alive in 2018 and that his body might have been refrigerated for most of last year. Fox News, "Missouri woman sues for return of husband's corpse she kept frozen," 23 May 2020 Those plans aren’t completely finalized yet, but will include social distancing as well as limiting the number of people inside the store where the jarred products, fudge, refrigerated to-go casseroles, pies, cobblers and other foodstuffs are sold. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Find fresh Texas peaches and barbecue to-go at this orchard in Terrell," 13 May 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Refrigerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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