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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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Examples from the Web for refrigerate
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  • Here were vats of liquid helium, used in Collins engines to refrigerate the volatile rocket fuel.

    Deepfreeze Robert Donald Locke
  • Are you using heat-exchangers to help cool the air you pump into the buildings, before you use power to refrigerate it?

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
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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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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