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

transitive verb

: to cause to thaw
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration has faced strong criticism for its role in a prisoner swap that involved unfreezing $6 billion in funds for Iran, a plan announced earlier this year. Greg Norman, Fox News, 10 Oct. 2023 But there are billions more in funds that the administration has allowed to go to Iran, including a recent waiver to unfreeze $10 billion previously held by Iraq, and an easing up of oil sanctions. The Editors, National Review, 13 Oct. 2023 In Washington, Biden’s Republican opponents are seeking to blame his recent dealings with Iran, which secured the release of five U.S. citizens from Iranian jails while unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian oil revenues, for emboldening the Islamic Republic and leading to the attack on Israel. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 In exchange, the United States would unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue and drop charges against Iranians accused of violating U.S. sanctions. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 The release, which came as part of a wider deal that includes the US unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian funds, began to coalesce earlier this year amid negotiations in Doha, CNN has previously reported. David Shortell, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 If the agreement with the four colleges is approved, the new city spending will unfreeze. Steph MacHado, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2023 No one involved seems to have any idea if technology will one day exist to successfully unfreeze and resurrect people, let alone whether a frozen head like Mike’s could be attached to a new body. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2023 For them, this means that future frozen rates will unfreeze, drop and then freeze again. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfreeze was in 1584

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“Unfreeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfreeze. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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