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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.
Origin of refrigerate
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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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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Word Origin and History for refrigerate

1530s, back-formation from refrigeration, or else from Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare "make cool or cold." Related: Refrigerated; refrigerating. Earlier words in the same sense of "to make cold, to cool" were infrigiden, infrigidate (both early 15c.).

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