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 In the past, Poonawalla has blamed a shortage of raw materials on the U.S.’s vaccine export ban and his own government’s decision to freeze vaccine exports; when the Serum Institute failed to fulfill overseas contracts, funding dried up. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "India’s jab shortage has cut its daily vaccination rate in half," 4 May 2021 The decision to freeze the construction of gas stations stemmed in part from the city’s adoption of a climate emergency resolution earlier that year. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, "No new gas stations? One California town’s fight against climate change.," 26 Apr. 2021 Velez said the Vegas schemed to freeze him out of the restaurant, while continuing to profit off his likeness and tamale recipes. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "‘Tamale Guy’ Claudio Velez sues restaurant partners, alleging they froze him out while profiting off his likeness and recipes," 18 Mar. 2021 In May, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit, challenging DLT’s decision to freeze unemployment payments to hundreds of Rhode Islanders. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "In R.I., 43 percent of unemployment claims were suspected or confirmed fraud," 5 Mar. 2021 The decision by Credit Suisse to freeze the funds was also made over concerns about the fund’s exposure to U.K. steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta, who has long relied on Greensill for loans, the Journal reported earlier this week. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Greensill Capital Planning to File for Insolvency in U.K. This Week," 3 Mar. 2021 But the department had earlier told lawmakers that the bank had made the decision to freeze the accounts. Kathleen Ronayne, Star Tribune, "Unemployment fraud audit creates fresh questions for Newsom," 29 Jan. 2021 And, in the latest twist, an Egyptian court Sunday upheld a government decision to freeze their personal assets. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "The U.S. sends Egypt billions in aid. Fearing 'extinction,' rights activists hope Biden will act.," 12 Dec. 2020 Kelli Wheeler, a 34-year-old producer based in Los Angeles, said the pandemic prompted her to freeze her eggs. NBC News, "Egg freezing has boomed during the pandemic, as women opt to wait out family life," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Broderick said the tuition freeze was important in light of the pandemic’s financial toll on students and their families. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "The Trend Continues: More Universities To Freeze Tuition," 5 May 2021 However, the report also said that — because some members of Congress argued the funding freeze was counterproductive — aid to the Northern Triangle countries that was previously held back began to be released late in 2019. USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden's speech to Congress included claims on economy, immigration, 1994 assault weapons ban," 29 Apr. 2021 As skies remain clear, with any daytime clouds tending to diminish, another widespread freeze is ahead. Washington Post, "PM Update: Another cold night ahead, then a weekend of warming temperatures," 2 Apr. 2021 But Hedtler-Gaudette argued that the freeze was not Biden’s call to make. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "GAO investigating whether Biden administration illegally froze funding for border wall," 24 Mar. 2021 The Texas freeze is now a supply chain nightmare for auto makers. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Extended Stay America, AstraZeneca, JPMorgan Chase: Stocks That Defined the Week," 19 Mar. 2021 For ranchers, the freeze’s toll was more of an emotional one, losing calves despite their efforts to keep them warm. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: How Air Force basic training outworked COVID in S.A.," 1 Mar. 2021 This week's killer freeze in the U.S. was no surprise. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Weather experts: Lack of planning caused cold catastrophe," 19 Feb. 2021 The first freeze of the season is underway for much of North Texas this morning. Dallas News, "First freeze of the season," 30 Nov. 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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9 May 2021

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“Freeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze. Accessed 12 May. 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 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 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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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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