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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Mix thoroughly and refrigerate until needed (at least 30 minutes). San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Wild Boar Burgers with Cajun Tartar Sauce," 21 May 2018 Let this mixture sit at room temperature for 1 hour before preparing, or refrigerate overnight for the best flavor. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "A Make-Ahead Waffle Recipe That's Perfect for Mother's Day," 10 Apr. 2019 Wrap well, and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 The dish can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "There's more to Irish food than corned beef and cabbage. Irish Rover proves it," 13 Mar. 2018 Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Remembering mom through recipes, traditions and food stories," 9 Apr. 2018 Express Tuesday Buy a package of Black Bean Burgers (refrigerated or frozen) for a quick meal. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 6 Apr. 2018 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

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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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