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 Cover the bowl or seal the bag and leave at room temperature while the oven heats, or up to 1 hour, or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Molly Stevens,, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 The stuffed and baked beets can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Los Angeles Times, "A delicious new recipe for breaking the Yom Kippur fast," 5 Oct. 2019 Transfer the sprouts to a sealed container, and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: Lentil croquettes from Bar Tartine alumni," 4 Oct. 2019 Tip: Prepare your jar as directed and refrigerate for up to 2 days. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar," 2 Oct. 2019 Let the remaining chickens, potatoes, garlic heads and zucchini cool, then cover and refrigerate for later use., "Sunday Recipe: Roast Chicken Supper," 28 Aug. 2019 The dough can be sealed in a freezer bag and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "La Cocina recipe: Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas Bean Tamale," 24 Aug. 2019 Pour into clean jars with lids and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New cookbook celebrates the joy of summer peaches," 23 July 2019 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

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Refrigerate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 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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to constrict the range or activity of

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