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 refrigerate (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 Discard the vanilla bean and serve or refrigerate the compote. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Or cool and refrigerate for up to several days to use shredded or chopped in salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, enchiladas, etc. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 Place the meat on a large plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight to help soak up the liquid from the beef and help form a crust. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2021 Gather up the scraps of dough, form into a disk, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling again and cutting out more rounds. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 Slide the parchment paper onto a baking sheet and refrigerate the slab until firm, 10 to 15 minutes. Jessica Battilana,, 4 Dec. 2020 Set aside to pickle until ready to serve or refrigerate for up to 1 day. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 In December, the Tribes’ department of natural resources loaned to Yellowhawk an ultra-low temperature freezer designed to hold lamprey that the health center could instead use to refrigerate COVID-19 vaccines. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2021 Store the beef in the pot or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate up to four days, or until ready to use in the Za’atar Beef Cheeks With Fennel and Mango Salad. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Refrigerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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