un·​freeze | \ˌən-ˈfrēz \
unfroze\ ˌən-​ˈfrōz \; unfrozen\ ˌən-​ˈfrō-​zᵊn \; 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.
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The State Department is still deciding whether to unfreeze a package of $200 million in assistance funds previously earmarked for support of stabilization efforts in Syria and for preventing the return of the Islamic State extremist group. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. Issues Terror Designation for Rising Syrian Militant Group," 31 May 2018 And, to temporarily unfreeze it, there's another fee to pay in all but eight states. Christy Bieber, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to know about freezing your credit," 17 Apr. 2018 Going forward, consumers would not have to pay anything to freeze or unfreeze their credit. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Credit freezes will be free, thanks to new banking bill and Equifax," 23 May 2018 The McDonald's logo is upside down The bill states a consumer reporting agency, once verifying the person with proper identification, must freeze and unfreeze a person's credit report without a fee. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Post-Equifax breach, you could be able to freeze your credit - for free," 8 Mar. 2018 Consumers would be able to have their credit frozen or unfrozen within one hour of putting in the request via phone or email. NBC News, "Here's exactly what you need to protect yourself from increasingly competent identity thieves," 13 Apr. 2018 Credit reporting companies now must let consumers freeze and unfreeze their files for free. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations," 24 May 2018 The reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion will also be required to freeze and unfreeze Americans' credit reports for free. Donna Borak, CNN, "House sends bill loosening banking regulations to Trump's desk," 22 May 2018 Offred briefly unfreezes as her eyes well with silent tears. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Crushing (And Occasionally Uplifting) Moments From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 5," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of unfreeze

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unfreeze was in 1584

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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

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