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freeze

verb \ ˈfrēz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of freeze

froze play \ˈfrōz\; frozen play \ˈfrō-zᵊn\; freezing
intransitive verb
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
2 : to become chilled with cold
  • almost froze to death
3 : to adhere solidly by or as if by freezing
  • pressure caused the metals to freeze
4 : to become fixed or motionless; especially : to become incapable of acting or speaking
5 : to become clogged with ice
  • the water pipes froze
transitive verb
1 a : to harden into ice
b : to convert from a liquid to a solid by cold
2 : to make extremely cold : chill
3 a : to act on usually destructively by frost
b : to anesthetize by cold
4 : to cause to grip tightly or remain in immovable contact
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
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

Examples of freeze in a Sentence

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

  2. The cold weather froze the water pipes.

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Origin and Etymology of freeze

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


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freeze

noun

Definition of freeze

1 a : an act or instance of freezing
b : the state of being frozen
2 : a state of weather marked by low temperature especially when below the freezing point
3 : a halt in the production, testing, and deployment of military weapons
  • a nuclear freeze

Examples of freeze in a Sentence

  1. The freeze destroyed many oranges.

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

Recent Examples of freeze from the Web

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First Known Use of freeze

15th century

freeze Synonyms

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FREEZE Defined for English Language Learners

freeze

verb

Definition of freeze for English Language Learners

  • : 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


freeze

noun

Definition of freeze for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FREEZE Defined for Kids

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freeze

verb \ ˈfrēz \

Definition of freeze for Students

froze \ˈfrōz\; frozen \ˈfrō-zᵊn\; freezing
1 : to harden into or be hardened into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat
  • freeze blueberries
  • The river froze over.
2 : to be uncomfortably cold
  • It's freezing in here. I'm frozen.
3 : to damage by cold
  • The plants were frozen by heavy frost.
4 : to clog or become clogged by ice
  • Water pipes froze overnight.
5 : to become completely still
  • I was so startled, I froze.

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freeze

noun

Definition of freeze for Students

1 : a period of freezing weather : cold weather
2 : the state of being frozen
  • in a deep freeze

Medical Dictionary

freeze

verb \ ˈfrēz \

medical Definition of freeze

froze play \ˈfrōz\; frozen play \ˈfrōz-ᵊn\; freezing
intransitive verb
1 : to become hardened into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat
2 a : to become chilled with cold
  • almost froze to death
b : to anesthetize a part especially by cold
transitive verb
1 : to cause to harden into a solid (as ice) by loss of heat
2 : to make extremely cold : chill
3 a : to act on usually destructively by frost
b : to anesthetize by cold

Law Dictionary

freeze

transitive verb

legal Definition of freeze

froze; frozen; freezing
1 : to cause to become fixed, immovable, unavailable, or unalterable
  • freeze interest rates
2 : to immobilize (as by government regulation or the action of a financial institution) the expenditure, withdrawal, or exchange of
  • freeze foreign assets
3 : to restructure (the capital of a close corporation) so that the value is reflected mostly in preferred stock rather than common stock
Note: Once capital is frozen, the common shares can be transferred to the heirs of the owner without taxation while the owner continues to enjoy the income from preferred stock dividends during his or her lifetime.

freeze

noun


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