\ ˈmelt How to pronounce melt (audio) \
melted; melting; melts

Definition of melt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to become altered from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
2a : dissolve, disintegrate the sugar melted in the coffee
b : to disappear as if by dissolving her anger melted at his kind words
3 obsolete : to become subdued or crushed (as by sorrow)
4 : to become mild, tender, or gentle
5 : to lose outline or distinctness : blend

transitive verb

1 : to reduce from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
2 : to cause to disappear or disperse
3 : to make tender or gentle : soften


noun (1)

Definition of melt (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : material in the molten state
b : the mass melted at a single operation or the quantity melted during a specified period
2a : the action or process of melting or the period during which it occurs the spring melt
b : the condition of being melted
3 : a sandwich with melted cheese a tuna melt


noun (2)

Definition of melt (Entry 3 of 3)

: spleen especially : spleen of slaughtered animals for use as feed or food

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meltability \ ˌmel-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce melt (audio) \ noun
meltable \ ˈmel-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce melt (audio) \ adjective
melter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for melt

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of melt in a Sentence

Verb The butter melted in the frying pan. The snow is finally melting. She melted butter in the frying pan. a tablespoon of melted butter Their determination melted in the face of opposition. She melted at his kindly words. Her heart melted with compassion.
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First Known Use of melt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melt


Middle English, from Old English meltan; akin to Old Norse melta to digest, Greek meldein to melt — more at mollify

Noun (2)

Middle English milte, from Old English; akin to Old High German miltzi spleen

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“Melt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of melt

: to change or to cause (something) to change from a solid to a liquid usually because of heat
: to gradually become less or go away : disappear
: to begin to have feelings of love, kindness, sympathy, etc.


\ ˈmelt How to pronounce melt (audio) \
melted; melting

Kids Definition of melt

1 : to change from a solid to a liquid usually through the action of heat Snow melts. I'm melting butter.
2 : to grow less : disappear Clouds melted away.
3 : to make or become gentle : soften The kittens melted her heart.
4 : to lose clear outline "Yes, I know," said the Fox, melting into the bushes.— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

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