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verb (used with object), re·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing.
  1. to make or keep cold or cool, as for preservation.
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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 formsre·frig·er·a·tive, re·frig·er·a·to·ry [ri-frij-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ ər əˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words for refrigerate

cool, freeze, ice, air-condition, air-cool

Examples from the Web for refrigerate

Contemporary Examples of refrigerate

Historical Examples of refrigerate

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


    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


  1. to make or become frozen or cold, esp for preservative purposes; chill or freeze
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Derived Formsrefrigeration, nounrefrigerative, adjectiverefrigeratory, adjective, noun

Word Origin for refrigerate

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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