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Definition of "freeze" []

  • To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat. (verb-intransitive)
  • To acquire a surface or coat of ice from cold: The lake froze over in January. Bridges freeze before the adjacent roads. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become clogged or jammed because of the formation of ice: The pipes froze in the basement. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be at that degree of temperature at which ice forms: It may freeze tonight. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be killed or harmed by cold or frost: They almost froze to death. Mulch keeps garden plants from freezing. (verb-intransitive)
  • To change (a liquid) into a solid as a result of a reduction in temperature, or (of a liquid) to solidify in this way, esp to convert or be converted into ice (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cover, clog, or harden with ice, or become so covered, clogged, or hardened (verb)
  • To fix fast or become fixed (to something) because of the action of frost (verb)
  • To preserve (food) by subjection to extreme cold, as in a freezer (verb)
  • To feel or cause to feel the sensation or effects of extreme cold (verb)
  • To die or cause to die of frost or extreme cold (verb)
  • To become or cause to become paralysed, fixed, or motionless, esp through fear, shock, etc (verb)
  • To cause (moving film) to stop at a particular frame (verb)
  • To decrease or cause to decrease in animation or vigour (verb)
  • To make or become formal, haughty, etc, in manner (verb)
  • To fix (prices, incomes, etc) at a particular level, usually by government direction (verb)
  • To forbid by law the exchange, liquidation, or collection of (loans, assets, etc) (verb)
  • To prohibit the manufacture, sale, or use of (something specified) (verb)
  • To stop (a process) at a particular stage of development (verb)
  • To render (tissue or a part of the body) insensitive, as by the application or injection of a local anaesthetic (verb)
  • To cling (verb)
  • The act of freezing or state of being frozen (noun)
  • A spell of temperatures below freezing point, usually over a wide area (noun)
  • The fixing of incomes, prices, etc, by legislation (noun)

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Use "freeze" in a sentence
  • "The beginning, where all the children of Britain freeze, is nicely spooky, but then we cut to Gwen (Eve Myles) getting back to work."
  • ""Netanyahu needs to show that extending the freeze is a very, very difficult thing to do and it's going to cost him a lot, and if its going to cost him he will need some compensation," said a senior Israeli official."
  • "Naturally the credit industry, our close friends who care only that we are properly served a healthy portion of credit, think that such a freeze is a problem and consumers will not be happy."