freeze

verb
\ ˈfrēz How to pronounce freeze (audio) \
froze\ ˈfrōz How to pronounce froze (audio) \; frozen\ ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce frozen (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 Most companies freeze about 12-24 months of their bulk stock of their biologics. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 To finish, freeze your baby hairs into place by tying down your hairline with a silk or satin scarf and letting your look set for 10–15 minutes. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Oh, Baby!," 5 Oct. 2020 The ban would freeze TikTok’s user base and stop existing users from downloading upgrades that keep the app fresh. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "TikTok Makes Its Case for Last-Minute Reprieve From U.S. Download Ban," 27 Sep. 2020 The roasted tomato puree, which is key, will give you more puree than needed, but leftovers freeze beautifully. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for a seasonal bounty: Starters," 18 Sep. 2020 Even close to the warmth of the earth, the frogs will freeze like little green ice cubes — a process that doesn’t kill them because their blood contains high levels of glucose, which acts as a sort of antifreeze. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "The scents, sights and sounds of fall equinox in Alaska," 3 Oct. 2020 Charming swordsman Kaeya can freeze opponents before cutting them down. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Genshin Impact Is Too Good To Be a ‘Zelda Clone’," 1 Oct. 2020 The plants will freeze back to the ground in a severe cold front. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: What’s blooming in San Antonio gardens in October," 1 Oct. 2020 As temperatures dropped later on, the water would freeze. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Mars might have salty ponds next to its underground lake, raising the possibility of Martian life," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company also plans to eliminate additional jobs that remained unfilled, either through a recruitment freeze or natural attrition. Sandi Sidhu, CNN, "Cathay Pacific to cut thousands of jobs and eliminate Cathay Dragon airline as Covid-19 weighs on travel," 20 Oct. 2020 The city and its firefighters union have come to a contract agreement in which the International Association of Firefighters Local 974 has agreed to a wage freeze for the first year of its three-year deal. cleveland, "University Heights firefighters agree to wage freeze as city deals with pandemic finances," 20 Oct. 2020 Now, as Biden’s chances of victory in the election rise, according to polls, the Russian ruble is slumping over fears that a change in administration may lead to more sanctions and an even deeper freeze in U.S.-Russia relations. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump, Biden and the world," 16 Oct. 2020 Incentives include a property tax assessment freeze. Laura Rodríguez Presa, chicagotribune.com, "As Chicago proposes making Pilsen the city’s largest landmark district, residents fear more displacement: ‘Saving buildings will not save people’," 16 Oct. 2020 The weather service has issued a freeze warning for all of southeast and east central Wisconsin overnight Thursday into early Friday morning. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Snow may show up across northern Wisconsin this weekend; metro Milwaukee could see a few flakes, too," 15 Oct. 2020 According to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, much of the state will be under a freeze warning Friday morning from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Freeze warning and low temperatures are on the way to Central Indiana," 15 Oct. 2020 Weather forecasters have issued a freeze warning Friday from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. in southeast Michigan as temperatures fall into the low 30s. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Freeze warning issued for southeast Michigan as temps fall into low 30s," 15 Oct. 2020 The penalties include a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Alexei Navalny says Trump should join other leaders in condemning nerve agent used to poison him," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

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“Freeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for freeze

freeze

verb
How to pronounce freeze (audio)

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