freeze

verb
\ ˈfrēz How to pronounce freeze (audio) \
froze\ ˈfrōz How to pronounce freeze (audio) \; frozen\ ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce freeze (audio) \; 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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Those capsules are then dumped into liquid nitrogen to freeze the coffee compounds. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2021 The Boilermakers under head coach Jeff Brohm aren’t afraid to use deceptive pass plays designed to freeze defenders or get them out of position. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 On January 20, 2017, the Trump administration issued a memorandum directing all agencies to freeze regulations. Benjamin Willis, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Michael Penfold, a Venezuelan political analyst, said that Saab's extradition is likely to freeze all attempts to bridge deep distrust between the Maduro government and its opponents. Fox News, 18 Oct. 2021 CoolSculpting, which promises to freeze away fat cells without surgery or pain, has been around for years, with ads on television, social media and in many dermatologists’ offices. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 During a two-day window, some clinics began performing abortions again, but were stopped from doing so when the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to temporarily freeze the trial judge's order. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Thorne used a play-action fake to Walker and a pump to Jayden Reed to freeze the defense, shuffled away from the rush to his right and delivered an in-stride deep throw to Nailor. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 9 Oct. 2021 In a brutal twist, competitors who fail to freeze on a red light are shot and killed. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sweden’s foreign affairs minister visited Israel, ending a seven-year freeze in diplomatic relations between the two former allies that had started over disagreements on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Katarzyna Andersz, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Oct. 2021 With the advent of freeze-drying and other preservation methods, the furikake industry has exploded, turning these instant flavor enhancers into a popular convenience available at any Japanese grocery store. Sonoko Sakai, Bon Appétit, 18 Oct. 2021 The designer freeze-framed every shot to match the cassettes, the books and even the Frisbee and kite Larson kept. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 18 Oct. 2021 This package comes with a touch screen panel, 3 door/window sensors, 1 motion detector, 1 flood/freeze sensor, 2 key remotes, and a yard sign. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 18 Oct. 2021 Mild winters can mean more acorns, as white and red oak trees are able to produce more in the spring, while harsh winters or a springtime freeze can lead to little-to-no acorn production. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 Late Wednesday, a hard freeze warning was issued for all of Sevier County through early Thursday. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Several freeze warnings from Camp Verde to Snowflake, even parts of Nevada, prompted the National Weather Service to prepare for a similar approach. Steven Hernandez, The Arizona Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 This freeze-seize-return plan, according to one of the DOJ prosecutors involved in the initiative’s early days, solved one of the major issues that had bedeviled other anti-kleptocracy efforts. Casey Michel, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021

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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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“Freeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for freeze

freeze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of freeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to 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 How to pronounce freeze (audio) \
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 froze from fright.

freeze

noun

Kids Definition of freeze (Entry 2 of 2)

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

freeze

verb
\ ˈfrēz How to pronounce freeze (audio) \
froze\ ˈfrōz How to pronounce freeze (audio) \; frozen\ ˈfrōz-​ᵊn How to pronounce freeze (audio) \; 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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freeze

transitive verb
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.

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