un·​freeze | \ ˌən-ˈfrēz How to pronounce unfreeze (audio) \
unfroze\ ˌən-​ˈfrōz How to pronounce unfreeze (audio) \; unfrozen\ ˌən-​ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce unfreeze (audio) \; unfreezing

Definition of unfreeze

transitive verb

1 : to cause to thaw
2 : to remove from a freeze unfreeze wages

Examples of unfreeze in a Sentence

We can't wait until the ground unfreezes so we can start gardening. The warm weather unfroze the lake. The Justice Department agreed to unfreeze the company's assets. I had to wait for my computer to unfreeze before I could read my e-mail. He helped me to unfreeze my computer.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Hackers have disrupted critical U.S. services in a series of attacks, demanding that companies pay a ransom to unfreeze data and computers. David Westin, Fortune, 3 June 2021 Change all freezes to slows! Make frozen players take no damage! Shoot frozen teammates to unfreeze them! Paul Tassi, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The hackers encrypted computer after computer, then demanded payment, in bitcoin, to unfreeze the systems. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 South Korean media have reported the deal to unfreeze the funds was reached after discussions with Washington. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 In September, a federal judge ordered the IRS and Treasury to unfreeze any payments. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2021 Iranian media reported the deal to unfreeze the money was made following a meeting between Iran's Central Bank CPF -1.1% governor Abdolnaser Hemmati and South Korea’s ambassador to Iran Ryu Jeong-hyun, held at the latter’s request. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Glimmers of a broader thaw could be seen in South Korea’s decision Monday to unfreeze a significant sum of Iranian money blocked in its banks because of U.S. financial sanctions. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 Zuberi, Person, and others met at the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris in May 2015 with the alleged Libyan deputy prime minister to try to figure out how to unfreeze the billions. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 19 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unfreeze.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unfreeze

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unfreeze

Time Traveler for unfreeze

Time Traveler

The first known use of unfreeze was in 1584

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unfreeze

Last Updated

10 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unfreeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfreeze. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unfreeze



English Language Learners Definition of unfreeze

: to stop being frozen or to cause (something) to stop being frozen
: to allow (money or property) to be used, spent, etc.
: to start working properly again


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!