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 The biggest maker in the category, Beyond Meat, has showed up in Dallas area grocery refrigerated cases at Target, Costco, Walmart and Kroger in recent months. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Costco, Sam’s and Kroger limit meat purchases as processing plants struggle with outbreaks," 5 May 2020 With more than 18,000 announced coronavirus fatalities and an actual toll that is almost certainly higher, refrigerated trailers are serving as temporary morgues; cemeteries are scrambling; and some hospitals have run out of body bags. David Scull, New York Times, "Reopening, Joe Biden, Antarctica: Your Thursday Evening Briefing," 30 Apr. 2020 Cover and refrigerate cake for at least four hours. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "How to Make Cheerwine Poke Cake," 18 Apr. 2020 The frozen corn is in short supply, as are the Oreo cookies, refrigerated biscuits, pickles and crinkle cut French fries. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Stocking a tiny grocery store during coronavirus: 'Wow, they have stuff'," 16 Apr. 2020 On Randall’s Island, a crew of carpenters built shelves in 50 refrigerated containers. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Bringing Out the Dead in New York City," 10 Apr. 2020 The federal government has deployed refrigerated trucks to act as interim mortuaries in New York City, which is grappling with thousands of coronavirus deaths. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Conversations I never imagined': New York county to store bodies in farm refrigerator as deaths increase," 7 Apr. 2020 Birmingham City school students can pick up lunches on Wednesday and Thursday across the city at 17 recreation centers and in 10 locations where refrigerated trucks will be parked. al, "Birmingham city, Jefferson county schools restart meals for students," 7 Apr. 2020 Some other favorite new kitchen conveniences are pop-up outlets installed in countertops or drawers for electronics, lighting installed in the cabinetry, instant hot and cold taps, and refrigerated drawers. John Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Kitchen design can endure longer than the decade," 15 Feb. 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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30 May 2020

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“Refrigerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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