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From participle stem of Latin refrigerare (to make cold), from re- + frigerare.

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refrigerate (third-person singular simple present refrigerates, present participle refrigerating, simple past and past participle refrigerated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete in general sense) To cool down, make cool.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      , Bk.I, New York 2001, p.149:
      the other [artery] goes to the lungs, to fetch air to refrigerate the heart.
  2. (transitive) Now specifically, to keep cool by containing within a refrigerator.
    Please refrigerate your uncooked meats at or below 40° Fahrenheit.

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