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

Pollard said his father and a sergeant got the men safely to shore, having to coax some soldiers who were frozen with fear at the prospect of jumping into the 40-feet-deep (12-meter-deep) water. Adam Beam, The Seattle Times, "100-year-old WWII veteran awarded French Legion of Honor," 19 Nov. 2018 Federal fuel-efficiency standards would be frozen in two years, barely cracking 40 miles per gallon. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Mayors are fighting the EPA’s fuel-efficiency rollback. What cities need are fewer cars.," 2 Aug. 2018 Music Google first demoed its cloud music service at Google I/O 2010, and sure enough, that's about when the AOSP music app was frozen in time. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary," 21 July 2018 The little white dots represent pieces of the ocean that have been frozen into the bottom of the ice. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Europa’s Buried Ocean Could Rise to the Surface (Video)," 11 July 2018 Spread evenly over the caramel layer and return to the freezer (at this stage it can be frozen for up to 3 days). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "S'mores Ice Cream Pie," 11 June 2018 But no, the real soul-freezing moment comes at the very end. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Spencer Platt / Getty Images Uber was slapped with a major setback in its largest American market after the New York City Council voted to freeze new-vehicle licenses for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hail services in the city. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The real problem with Uber’s new-car freeze in NYC," 9 Aug. 2018 Waukegan Township had 1,181 property owners receive assessment freezes under the program, according to the Chief County Assessment Office. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan considers water rebate program for lower-income seniors," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company has managed to keep adding new games to its lineup by buying games from other studios that had already been approved before the freeze. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Longs for The Good Old Days for Games," 14 Nov. 2018 One is starting new growth after the freeze, but the other remains brown. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "How to treat blossom-end rot," 9 June 2018 Partipilo said those affected by the freeze include roughly 32 employees in managerial positions in the fire and police departments, as well as non-union comptroller department personnel and the deputy city clerk. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "No layoffs, but underfunded pensions and $1.3 million deficit loom large in North Chicago budget," 6 June 2018 Airless, freeze-dried, unlivable, without extractable resources. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Though technically perennials, mums are often grown as annuals owing to shallow root systems inclined to heave right out of the ground during winter's freeze-thaw cycles. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 This prevents water from doing more damage, often through the freeze-thaw phenomenon of winter that turns cracks into caverns. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This is why bacteria could be the answer to your pothole prayers," 3 Apr. 2018 As the free agent freeze continues into February, over 100 free agents remain unsigned. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Why the Mariners Should Spend Now to Contend ... And the Author's Goodbye to SI," 8 Feb. 2018 Before last year’s freeze, property values were up an average of 13 percent in the county. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County property value appeal deadline is Friday," 6 July 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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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.

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