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 Mix it all together and refrigerate a few hours, so the flavors can meld, before diving in. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 International Recipes We're Tackling During Quarantine," 7 May 2020 Pour the coconut macaroon batter into bowl and allow the batter to cool completely before refrigerating. Dallas News, "How to make the perfect coconut macaroons for Passover (or anytime)," 6 Apr. 2020 Experts believe this translates into a very low risk of getting the new coronavirus from food or food packaging that is shipped over days or weeks at normal, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Wash Fruit and Vegetables So They’re as Clean as Possible," 3 Apr. 2020 Make ahead: The crust can be made, wrapped tightly and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "Banana, dulce de leche and a press-in crust: There’s every reason to make this banoffee pie," 16 Dec. 2019 Let pie cool for 15-20 minutes before refrigerating. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Life changes takes this self-taught chef on journey that started with cooking out of necessity," 11 June 2019 Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Lavender Madeleines," 10 Mar. 2020 Wrap tightly and refrigerate until chilled throughout, at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019 Transfer ramekins to a wire rack; let cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to overnight. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Earl Gray Crème Brûlée," 19 Mar. 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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16 May 2020

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“Refrigerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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