Meaning of refrigerate in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈfrɪdʒəreɪt/

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[with object]
  • Subject (food or drink) to cold in order to chill or preserve it, typically by placing it in a refrigerator.

    ‘refrigerate the dough for one hour’
    • ‘Hurricane victims can use ice to refrigerate food, preserve medicine, and cool off in the summer heat.’
    • ‘If the room temperature is above 90 F, refrigerate perishable foods within one hour.’
    • ‘Never refrigerate tomatoes that are not fully ripe because cold temperatures stop the ripening process.’
    • ‘At this point, you can refrigerate the squash for up to three days, or cook it immediately.’
    • ‘Wrapping and refrigerating leftovers is very important.’
    • ‘Once you have eaten the main course - before you have coffee and dessert - promptly refrigerate leftovers.’
    • ‘Cover the bowl of dough with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for one hour.’
    • ‘They will be lighter if you refrigerate the dough prior to boiling.’
    • ‘Ask train or airline personnel to refrigerate medications that need to be kept cool.’
    • ‘You can make the soup immediately, refrigerate the stock for several days, or freeze it.’
    • ‘Leave to cool in the tin before cutting, then refrigerate until completely cold before removing from the tin.’
    • ‘They're in a situation where they have no electricity, therefore no way of refrigerating their catch.’
    • ‘Cover and refrigerate it for a week before using for best flavor.’
    • ‘It allows people to irrigate their farmland, refrigerate their vaccines, and run their machines.’
    • ‘Be sure to refrigerate the starter culture in a clean, air-tight container.’
    • ‘Put the tulip bulbs in a paper bag and refrigerate it for 6 to 8 weeks, but keep them away from the fruit.’
    • ‘We buy the bulbs in the fall, refrigerate them for six to eight weeks, then plant them after Christmas.’
    • ‘Save the water from the steaming process in a covered container and refrigerate it.’
    • ‘All you have to do is rinse the sprouts once a day and refrigerate them once they have sprouted.’
    • ‘Once cold, strain into a bowl and refrigerate until very cold.’
    keep cold, cool, cool down, chill
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Late Middle English from Latin refrigerat- ‘made cool’, from the verb refrigerare, from re- ‘back’ + frigus, frigor- ‘cold’.