Definition of refrigerate
: to make or keep cold or cool; specifically : to freeze or chill for preservation foods that should be refrigerated
refrigerationplay \-ˌfri-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
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 of refrigerate from the Web
Now his successor’s people have little to refrigerate.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Grocery bags filled with outdated prescription bottles, insulin left on a counter instead of being refrigerated properly, and a kitchen loaded with sugary foods instead of fruits and vegetables.
Butter will keep, refrigerated, for up to one week and up to 3 weeks if frozen.
Refrigerate for at least half an hour, allowing the berries to soak up the flavors of the drink.
Dewar needed a container that would resist changes in temperature, keeping his cold fluid cold without need for refrigerating equipment.
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Origin and Etymology of refrigerate
Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare, from re- + frigerare to cool, from frigor-, frigus cold — more at frigid
First Known Use: 1534
REFRIGERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refrigerate for English Language Learners
: to put or keep (something, such as food) in a refrigerator in order to make it cold or keep it fresh
REFRIGERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of refrigerate for Students
: to make or keep cold or cool especially by placing in a refrigerator
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