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.
Recent Examples on the Web In return, the U.S. would unfreeze $7 billion of Iranian cash in South Korean banks. John Yoo, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 In February 2021, the special rapporteur urged the U.S. government, along with the United Kingdom and Portugal, to unfreeze assets of the Venezuela Central Bank to purchase medicine, vaccines, food, spare parts and other essential goods. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Evanston fire officials on Tuesday were warning residents not to use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes after firefighters responded recently to a house fire believed to have started after someone in the home use a torch to unfreeze bathroom pipes. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2022 The department said it’s working with regulators and providers to verify and unfreeze those accounts as quickly as possible. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2022 If granted, this move would require Wells Fargo and others acting on its behalf to unfreeze Williams' accounts. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 10 Feb. 2022 Part of that is because most women who freeze their eggs still never unfreeze them, still never use them. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2022 He is also expected to press for Western countries to unfreeze nearly $10 billion of Afghan money. Grayson Quay, The Week, 23 Jan. 2022 In return, the U.S. would agree to unfreeze Afghanistan's central bank reserves, restart the flow of IMF aid money, grant the Taliban diplomatic recognition as the legitimate rulers of the country, and so on. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unfreeze

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unfreeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfreeze. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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