refrigerate

verb
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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Other Words from refrigerate

refrigeration \ ri-​ˌfri-​jə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce refrigeration (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for refrigerate

Synonyms

chill, cool

Antonyms

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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Make ahead: The meatballs can be rolled, skewered, and refrigerated for up to 1 day. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "The tastiest way to use up all your herbs (and it’s not pesto)," 6 July 2019 Use immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "You can grill that? 6 new recipes to try this season," 4 July 2019 Poultry can marinate, refrigerated, for up to two days before cooking. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Turn to these food safety tips the next time you grill — for your most successful cookout yet," 20 June 2019 Place in a nonreactive bowl or jar, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Marinating olives, Sicilian style and simply," 12 June 2019 Wrap the pork butt in plastic wrap so it is completely sealed, return it to the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 The icing will keep, refrigerated, for about two weeks. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Make ahead: The soup needs to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour, and up to 2 days before serving. Adapted from food nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "This dessert could be cooler than ice cream on a hot day," 3 July 2018 Wrap tightly and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Peach Crostata with Almond Cream," 30 May 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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The first known use of refrigerate was in 1534

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refrigerate

verb

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

refrigerate

verb
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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