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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)

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.

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."