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

transitive verb

: to make or keep cold or cool
specifically : to freeze or chill for preservation
foods that should be refrigerated
refrigeration 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 on the Web Allow the soup to cool, and then refrigerate for up to 3 days. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 This cake can be made and refrigerated up to two days before serving, or components can be prepared further in advance, if needed. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 Simply combine and refrigerate the four ingredients: oats, milk, Greek yogurt and chia seeds. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2024 Cool completely before wrapping and refrigerating for up to two days, or freezing for up to two months. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for refrigerate 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refrigerate was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Refrigerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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re·​frig·​er·​ate ri-ˈfrij-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce refrigerate (audio)
refrigerated; refrigerating
: to make or keep cold or cool
especially : to freeze or chill food to preserve it
refrigeration noun

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