re·​freeze (ˌ)rē-ˈfrēz How to pronounce refreeze (audio)
refroze (ˌ)rē-ˈfrōz How to pronounce refreeze (audio) ; refrozen (ˌ)rē-ˈfrō-zᵊn How to pronounce refreeze (audio) ; refreezing

transitive + intransitive

: to freeze again
shouldn't refreeze the meat
Ice dams form when water from melting snow runs down a roof and refreezes.AAA Times

Examples of refreeze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New York City's emergency management agency said standing water and slush that could refreeze overnight would pose a danger of patchy ice on the ground on Saturday, and urged commuters to be careful on the roads and sidewalks. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2024 Lingering wet and slushy areas will refreeze Saturday night, so watch out for icy patches overnight into early Sunday morning. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Slushy snow, rain and foggy conditions will make road conditions slippery with poor visibility during the morning commute for the rest week, especially as temps drop below freezing during the night and refreeze any snow or ice, said NWS meteorologist Kevin Wagner. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 There are 103 co-sponsors on the bill that would refreeze the funds that President Joe Biden agreed to transfer from South Korea to Qatar without violating U.S. sanctions. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 12 Oct. 2023 Tester recently called on President Joe Biden’s administration to refreeze $6 billion in assets to Iran following the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks against Israel. Hailey Bullis, Washington Examiner, 28 Dec. 2023 The rink where the hockey tournament was to be played this weekend, Wojtowicz Skating Park in downtown Scandia, is full of water and won’t refreeze overnight, said Corey Roberts, tournament organizer. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 25 Jan. 2024 Keep in mind, some patches of slick ice could refreeze from daytime melt. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 As the avalanche comes to a rest, this liquid can quickly refreeze again, locking the snowpack in place like concrete. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refreeze was in 1784

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“Refreeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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