[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. refreshing,
  2. refreshment,
  3. refried beans,
  4. refrig.,
  5. refrigerant,
  6. refrigeration,
  7. refrigeration anesthesia,
  8. refrigerator,
  9. refrigerator car,
  10. refrigerator-freezer

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refrigerate


/ (rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪt) /


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