[ ri-frij-uh-reyt ]
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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.

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

Other words from refrigerate

  • 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/, adjective
  • non·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjective
  • un·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjective

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How to use refrigerate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for refrigerate


/ (rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪt) /

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

Origin of refrigerate

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

Derived forms of refrigerate

  • refrigeration, noun
  • refrigerative, adjective
  • refrigeratory, adjective, noun

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