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verb \ˈfrēz\

Simple Definition of freeze

  • : to be become a hard substance (such as ice) because of cold

  • : to be very cold

  • : to become blocked or unable to move because of ice

Full Definition of freeze

froze play \ˈfrōz\ fro·zen play \ˈfrō-zən\ freez·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to become congealed into ice by cold b :  to solidify as a result of abstraction of heat c :  to withstand freezing <the bread freezes well>

  3. 2 :  to become chilled with cold <almost froze to death>

  4. 3 :  to adhere solidly by or as if by freezing <pressure caused the metals to freeze>

  5. 4 :  to become fixed or motionless; especially :  to become incapable of acting or speaking

  6. 5 :  to become clogged with ice <the water pipes froze>

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 a :  to harden into ice b :  to convert from a liquid to a solid by cold

  9. 2 :  to make extremely cold :  chill

  10. 3 a :  to act on usually destructively by frost b :  to anesthetize by cold

  11. 4 :  to cause to grip tightly or remain in immovable contact

  12. 5 a :  to cause to become fixed, immovable, unavailable, or unalterable <freeze interest rates> b :  to immobilize by governmental regulation the expenditure, withdrawal, or exchange of <freeze foreign assets> c :  to render motionless <a fake froze the defender>

  13. 6 :  to attempt to retain continuous possession of (a ball or puck) without an attempt to score usually in order to protect a small lead

freez·ing·ly adverb

Examples of freeze

  1. The children are going to freeze out there without their coats.

  2. The cold weather froze the water pipes.

Origin of freeze

Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan; akin to Old High German friosan to freeze, Latin pruina hoarfrost, Old English frost frost

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of freeze

  • : a period in which the weather is very cold : a time when temperatures are below 32°F or 0°C

  • : a stop in the increase, decrease, or change of prices or wages

Full Definition of freeze

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of freezing b :  the state of being frozen

  2. 2 :  a state of weather marked by low temperature especially when below the freezing point

  3. 3 :  a halt in the production, testing, and deployment of military weapons <a nuclear freeze>

Examples of freeze

  1. The freeze destroyed many oranges.

  2. <the Midwest will experience an intense freeze later in the week>

15th Century

First Known Use of freeze

15th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

FREEZE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈfrēz\

Definition of freeze

froze \ˈfrōz\fro·zen \ˈfrō-zən\freez·ing

  1. 1 :  to harden into or be hardened into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat <freeze blueberries> <The river froze over.>

  2. 2 :  to be uncomfortably cold <It's freezing in here. I'm frozen.>

  3. 3 :  to damage by cold <The plants were frozen by heavy frost.>

  4. 4 :  to clog or become clogged by ice <Water pipes froze overnight.>

  5. 5 :  to become completely still <I was so startled, I froze.>




Definition of freeze

  1. 1 :  a period of freezing weather :  cold weather

  2. 2 :  the state of being frozen <in a deep freeze>

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈfrēz\

Medical Definition of freeze

froze \ˈfrōz\play fro·zen \ˈfrōz-ən\play freez·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. 1:  to become hardened into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat

  3. 2a:  to become chilled with cold <almost froze to death>b:  to anesthetize a part especially by cold

  4. transitive verb

  5. 1:  to cause to harden into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat

  6. 2:  to make extremely cold :  chill

  7. 3a:  to act on usually destructively by frostb:  to anesthetize by cold

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