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

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

Even when flash-frozen for posterity, nature is in flux. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 Time-saving tip: Buy frozen strawberries and bananas and skip the freezing! When frozen (at least 6 hours), place the frozen banana slices and strawberries pieces in a food processor or blender. NBC News, "4-ingredient strawberry ice cream you can make in a blender," 5 July 2019 That same week the Mayor of Lake City, Florida agreed to pay hackers $460,000 who had frozen city worker's out of the email system. CBS News, "Georgia court system struck by ransomware attack," 2 July 2019 Park officials closed it Friday after another late-season storm brought deep snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 The bleak British coast, with its unpredictable weather, pebbly beaches and just-above-freezing sea, just doesn’t cut it. 1843, "The masochistic appeal of the British seaside," 25 June 2019 In a hot job market, with tech companies in particular offering perks from paid leave to egg-freezing subsidies (and copious free snacks), Shake Shack has been testing out a four-day, 40-hour work week in some of its West Coast locations. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Should We All Be Working Four Days a Week?," 18 June 2019 By November, it was cleared of ticks, and population levels in the vegetation around the paddock seemed to be dying down, although that was likely due to several nights of below-freezing temperatures. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US invaded by savage tick that sucks animals dry, spawns without mating," 8 Aug. 2018 As a veteran of sub-freezing winters on the Nebraska plains, Farritor fared better than many of his fellow under-supplied and under-dressed Marines, who died by the thousands in the cold. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 100, WWII and Korean War veteran honored for his place in Marine Corps history," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shelves in Skeeter’s Toybox have things to pique a young child’s interests: freeze dried vanilla ice cream sandwiches, the same ones the real astronauts ate in the 1960s. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "To Infinity And Beyond At Skeeter’s Toybox," 15 July 2019 In many, however, a pickup truck, a freeze box, and a couple of rifles will get the job done — and without any of the negative externalities that mark the more modern, industrial approach. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Why Shoot Prairie Dogs?," 11 July 2019 Lincolnwood’s long-time waste hauler has agreed to a two-year price freeze under a contract extended by the village board last month. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnwood secures 2-year price freeze with waste hauler," 7 July 2019 Peach trees have been blooming earlier from warmer winters, and then become vulnerable to devastating freezes that can kill off harvests and cause the fruits that do grow to be smaller in size and have degraded texture and flavor. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019 But within milliseconds, chunks of ice crystals started breaking off from the freeze front. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Watch Soap Bubbles Turn Into Tiny Snow Globes as They Freeze," 18 June 2019 Those ice crystals each created their own freeze front, making the bubble’s surface solidify faster. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "The science behind those viral videos of freezing soap bubbles," 18 June 2019 Make a batch or two extra and freeze for a fast weeknight meal. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 One reason for larger hailstones is as the climate warms, the freeze line is moving higher so hail has a longer distance to travel. Jodi Torpey, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s future holds more and bigger hail, CSU weather researcher says," 12 June 2019

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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 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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