freeze

verb
\ˈfrēz \
froze\ˈfrōz \; frozen\ˈfrō-zᵊn \; freezing

Definition of freeze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

1a : to harden into ice

b : to convert from a liquid to a solid by cold

2 : to make extremely cold : chill

3a : to act on usually destructively by frost

b : to anesthetize by cold

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

5a : 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

freeze

noun

Definition of freeze (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for freeze

Synonyms: Verb

concrete, congeal, firm (up), harden, indurate, set, solidify

Synonyms: Noun

cold, cold wave, deep freeze, snap

Antonyms: Verb

liquefy (also liquify), soften

Antonyms: Noun

heat, heat wave

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Examples of freeze in a Sentence

Verb

The children are going to freeze out there without their coats. The cold weather froze the water pipes.

Noun

The freeze destroyed many oranges. the Midwest will experience an intense freeze later in the week
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most of the accounts which were frozen by Twitter for suspicious behavior had not been active in at least a month. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump and Barack Obama are about to lose a lot of Twitter followers," 11 July 2018 The sire, whose sperm was frozen in 2011, was himself a calf born of the SCBI’s early artificial insemination pilot programs in the 1990s. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Access to the system’s customer accounts was frozen for an overhaul in late May that was to have taken a week and instead lasted through June. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SunPass recovering from customer-service debacle, posting toll charges made weeks ago," 10 July 2018 For now, these early embryos, called blastocysts, have been frozen. NBC News, "Scientists use test-tube science to save nearly extinct rhino," 4 July 2018 The following morning our running shoes were frozen solid and a family member who will go unnamed burned their laces while defrosting their shoes over the flame of the stove. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "When the Brooks family ventured to the Brooks Range for a summer adventure, winter reared its head," 1 July 2018 When the bananas are frozen, melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 sec bursts at half power. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 2018 Pensions were frozen then; the Post’s retirement plan is the central source of conflict in the current dispute, as are a lack of employment protections and cost-of-living increases. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Other Side of Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post," 27 June 2018 Jia was named to a national blacklist of debtors, and some of his assets were frozen by Chinese courts. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future reveals the source of its $2 billion investment as a co-founder steps away," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the freeze was brought up for the 2018 budget year, the Board of Commissioners vetoed the measure and the council lacked the votes for an override. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Council creates two-week hold on filling vacancies," 10 July 2018 Insurers said the freeze would cause turmoil in insurance markets and drive up premiums. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare," 10 July 2018 The freeze was requested by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and approved by vote at a June 14 board meeting. Chris Cumming, WSJ, "Cumming’s Take: Minnesota Puts KKR on Ice Over Toys ‘R’ Us," 25 June 2018 The tuition freeze would be in effect for all of Penn State’s campuses. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Penn State president to seek tuition freeze if proposed state budget passes," 20 June 2018 In other words they were blamed for not spending enough money on payroll, contributing to the offseason free-agent freeze. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Series against Marlins pits major league-worst Orioles vs. team that was accused of trying to tank," 15 June 2018 The freeze fans out from there: the want of a few teams to hear from LeBron puts a pause on most of their other dealings, which affects their own free agents, potential trade partners, and other players of interest. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James, Free Agency and the Biggest NBA Offseason Questions," 11 June 2018 Abdullah said that a settlement freeze wasn’t enough. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 We Energies contended that their request would unravel the rate freeze approved by the commission in September. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Customer groups get nowhere in request to set aside the savings from We Energies' shutting down the Pleasant Prairie plant," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of freeze

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for freeze

Verb

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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The first known use of freeze was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for freeze

freeze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of freeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of freeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ˈfrēz \
froze\ˈfrōz \; frozen\ˈfrō-zᵊn \; freezing

Kids Definition of freeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

freeze

noun

Kids Definition of freeze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a period of freezing weather : cold weather

2 : the state of being frozen in a deep freeze

freeze

verb
\ˈfrēz \
froze\ˈfrōz \; frozen\ˈfrōz-ᵊn \; freezing

Medical Definition of freeze 

intransitive verb

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

2a : 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

3a : to act on usually destructively by frost

b : to anesthetize by cold

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froze; frozen; freezing

Legal Definition of freeze 

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.

Other Words from freeze

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