Definition of refrigerate in English:


Syllabification: re·frig·er·ate
Pronunciation: /riˈfrijəˌrāt


[with object]
  • Subject (food or drink) to cold in order to chill or preserve it, typically by placing it in a refrigerator: refrigerate the dough for one hour
    More example sentences
    • Hurricane victims can use ice to refrigerate food, preserve medicine, and cool off in the summer heat.
    • If the room temperature is above 90 F, refrigerate perishable foods within one hour.
    • Never refrigerate tomatoes that are not fully ripe because cold temperatures stop the ripening process.
    keep cold, cool, cool down, chill; freeze



Pronunciation: /riˌfrijəˈrāSHən/
More example sentences
  • I wondered just how long the meats had been hanging there without refrigeration and was doubly glad of the extra cooking.
  • Before the advent of refrigeration, salt was king - and is the reason why we developed such a taste for it.
  • Since some bottled water is also shipped or stored cold, electricity is expended for refrigeration.


Pronunciation: /riˈfrijərəˌtôrē/


late Middle English: from Latin refrigerat- 'made cool', from the verb refrigerare, from re- 'back' + frigus, frigor- 'cold'.

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