refrigerate

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verb re·frig·er·ate \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt\

Definition of refrigerate

refrigerated

refrigerating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make or keep cold or cool; specifically :  to freeze or chill (as food) for preservation

refrigeration

play \-ˌfri-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of refrigerate in a sentence

  1. Refrigerate the mixture for an hour before serving.

  2. <refrigerate the cake after you frost it so that the frosting doesn't melt>

Origin and Etymology of refrigerate

Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare, from re- + frigerare to cool, from frigor-, frigus cold — more at frigid


First Known Use: 1534


REFRIGERATE Defined for English Language Learners

refrigerate

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verb re·frig·er·ate \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt\

Definition of refrigerate for English Language Learners

  • : to put or keep (something, such as food) in a refrigerator in order to make it cold or keep it fresh


REFRIGERATE Defined for Kids

refrigerate

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verb re·frig·er·ate \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrāt\

Definition of refrigerate for Students

refrigerated

refrigerating

  1. :  to make or keep cold or cool especially by placing in a refrigerator



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