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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Leave eggs in dye for three hours for pastel shades, or refrigerate overnight for more vivid hues. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "How to use all-natural, DIY dyes for colorful Easter eggs," 27 Mar. 2018 Put the patties on a large dish or small baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to cook. Paula Forbes, GQ, "How to Cook Burgers from Scratch Without a Meat Grinder," 1 July 2018 Stir in Cardamaro, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Priya Krishna, Marie Claire, "6 Boozy Frozen Drinks You Can Make at Home," 24 May 2017 On a floured work surface, shape the dough into two 5-inch round disks, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or parchment, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "The Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe Gets Made Over With Edible Flowers," 25 May 2016 Or make easy overnight oats: Combine ½ cup dry rolled oats with ¾ cup milk and add extras such as banana slices, cocoa powder, nuts, and berries before refrigerating overnight. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 If desired, set aside half of shrimp for the No-Cook Shrimp Rolls and refrigerate until ready to use. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Charred Shrimp and Avocado Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 Mix well and refrigerate in the bowl or a thick sealable plastic bag for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Julia Moskin, charlotteobserver, "The art of the beef stew | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 To retain its vitamin C content, keep broccoli refrigerated. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Broccoli Every Single Day," 21 Mar. 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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