- to make or keep cool or cold; chill
- to preserve (food, biologicals, etc.) by keeping cold or freezing
Origin of refrigerate; from Classical Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare, to make cool or cold ; from re-, intensive + frigerare, to cool ; from frigus, cold: see frigid
transitive verbre·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing, re·frig·er·ates
- To cool or chill (a substance).
- To preserve (food) by chilling.
Origin of refrigerateLatin refr&imacron;gerare, refr&imacron;gerat- : re-, re- + fr&imacron;gerare, to make cool (from fr&imacron;gus, fr&imacron;gor-, coldness).
- re·frig′er·a′tive, re·frig′er·a·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present refrigerates, present participle refrigerating, simple past and past participle refrigerated)
- Now specifically, to keep cool by containing within a refrigerator.
- Please refrigerate your uncooked meats at or below 40Â° Fahrenheit.
From participle stem of Latin refrigerare (“to make cold"), from re- + frigerare.