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[ri-frij-uh-reyt] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), refrigerated, refrigerating.
to make or keep cold or cool, as for preservation.
1525-35; < Latin refrīgerātus, past participle of refrīgerāre to make cool, equivalent to re- re- + frīgerāre to make cool, derivative of frīgus cold; see -ate1
Related forms
refrigerative, refrigeratory
[ri-frij-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ ər əˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonrefrigerated, adjective
unrefrigerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for refrigerate
  • Layer the tomatoes in a storage container, pouring in their oil, and refrigerate.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool, then refrigerate overnight.
  • Maybe they can find a way to recirculate the fluid and refrigerate it.
  • Simply refrigerate it and you've got vegetable stock to use for soups and stews later.
  • Always refrigerate leftovers promptly, uncovered to aid rapid cooling.
  • Eat immediately, or you can refrigerate to eat later.
  • refrigerate or compost overly ripe fruit, and wash soda and beer bottles thoroughly.
  • Shape butter mixture into eight-inch log, wrap in parchment paper, and refrigerate.
  • Immediately after preparing foods, refrigerate any leftovers and clean the counter tops and appliances.
  • The range also can hold your food at a given temperature after it's cooked and refrigerate it later.
British Dictionary definitions for refrigerate


to make or become frozen or cold, esp for preservative purposes; chill or freeze
Derived Forms
refrigeration, noun
refrigerative, adjective
refrigeratory, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin refrīgerāre to make cold, from re- + frīgus cold
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