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 meatballs can be shaped up to an hour in advance and refrigerated until ready to cook., "Cashew-Coconut Meatballs with Creamy Spiced Tomato Sauce," 7 Nov. 2019 Last month, 39 people were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in a UK industrial park in Grays, Essex, 20 miles east of London. Rob Picheta, CNN, "'Smuggled' TV show condemned in wake of Essex truck deaths," 5 Nov. 2019 Keep peas refrigerated in a plastic bag and use within 2 to 3 days. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Beef: Here's why it's leaner than ever and a source for several nutrients," 2 Nov. 2019 Transfer to bowl and gently toss with oats and almonds if using; refrigerate until ready to use. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pear and Berry Crumb Pie," 28 Oct. 2019 Make Ahead: The squash can be roasted several hours ahead, wrapped loosely and stored at room temperature, or wrapped tightly and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "Here’s a roasted squash recipe you’ll be proud to serve to company — or keep all to yourself," 23 Oct. 2019 Make these ahead of time by preparing them without the honey and refrigerating overnight. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots," 22 Oct. 2019 Transfer dressing to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate until needed. Claire Perez,, "Italian salad another popular recipe by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza," 18 Oct. 2019 Clean and refrigerate soon after harvest to prevent problems with mold and decay. oregonlive, "How to harvest hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts and store them for the winter," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Refrigerate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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