refrigerate

[ ri-frij-uh-reyt ]
/ rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), re·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing.

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

re·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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refrigerate

/ (rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪt) /

verb

to make or become frozen or cold, esp for preservative purposes; chill or freeze

Derived Forms

refrigeration, nounrefrigerative, adjectiverefrigeratory, adjective, noun

Word Origin for refrigerate

C16: from Latin refrīgerāre to make cold, from re- + frīgus cold
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