fro·​zen | \ ˈfrō-zᵊn How to pronounce frozen (audio) \

Definition of frozen

1a : treated, affected, or crusted over by freezing
b : subject to long and severe cold the frozen north
2a : incapable of being changed, moved, or undone : fixed specifically : debarred by official action from movement or from change in status frozen wages
b : not available for present use frozen capital
c(1) : drained or incapable of emotion
(2) : expressing or characterized by cold unfriendliness

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Other Words from frozen

frozenly adverb
frozenness \ ˈfrō-​zᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce frozen (audio) \ noun

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Examples of frozen in a Sentence

the car door was frozen ever since an accident had damaged the hinge pay rates will remain frozen until the company does better financially
Recent Examples on the Web Many stores also offer special prepared dishes just for the holiday season, fresh or frozen. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serve up a simple New Year’s Eve family celebration," 30 Dec. 2020 After several consumer complaints, Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 92,000 pounds of its Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken frozen meals. Sydney Walton, CNN, "Some Lean Cuisine meals recalled after complaints of plastic contamination," 22 Dec. 2020 Martin also suggested making bulk donations of fresh, frozen or canned food to soup kitchens and individual portions to food pantries. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Millions of Americans could be facing eviction after the holidays. Here's how you can help," 16 Dec. 2020 For producers big and small, that has meant adjustments to how the turkeys are both grown and processed to have fresh and frozen birds ready for the busy holiday season. NBC News, "With empty seats at the table, unflappable turkey farmers rethink Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Each delivery includes five frozen meals with bread, milk and dessert. Kadee Krieger | Contributing Writer,, "COAST and STARC activity centers still closed, but personal connections remain," 25 Oct. 2020 The 700 percent growth in Target’s Drive Up offering has spurred the chain to add fresh and frozen groceries to the service and create up to 12 additional parking spaces for pickup at stores. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Customers Still Like to Shop in Person, Even if They Get Only to the Curb," 9 Oct. 2020 This holiday season Target plans to make 20,000 more products including gifts, essentials and fresh and frozen groceries available for pick up and delivery. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Target will hire 7,400 seasonal workers in Twin Cities for the holidays," 24 Sep. 2020 The Fairview Park Senior Life Office is delivering frozen meals, fruit, bread and milk every Wednesday to Fairview Park seniors in need who are 60 and older. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood says farewell to firefighter who died from COVID-19: A Place in the Sun," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of frozen

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of frozen was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Frozen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of frozen

past participle of freeze


Medical Definition of frozen

past part of freeze


Legal Definition of frozen

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