unfreeze

verb
un·​freeze | \ ˌən-ˈfrēz How to pronounce unfreeze (audio) \
unfroze\ ˌən-​ˈfrōz How to pronounce unfroze (audio) \; unfrozen\ ˌən-​ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce unfrozen (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Buhari’s administration submitted the 2018 deal to the U.K. court in September to support its application to unfreeze the assets so they can be sent to Nigeria, according to the opinion. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Opposes Nigeria Plan to Hand Looted Funds to Governor," 13 May 2020 Federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Equifax breach: How to 'freeze' your credit following news of China military hack," 10 Feb. 2020 The connection is fuzzy, the sound cuts out and the sonogram circles freeze and unfreeze black and white. Joseph Horton, Time, "I Watched My Baby’s First Ultrasound From My Car in a Parking Lot Across the Street," 13 Apr. 2020 The Federal Reserve has been working on unfreezing credit markets while Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Bankruptcy May Not Be the Best Option Now for Hollywood's Distressed Firms," 9 Apr. 2020 The Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to zero, promised to buy an unlimited amount of bonds (infinite QE) and is working overtime to unfreeze the financial pipelines in a bid to prevent a financial crisis. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump wants America reopened by Easter. That could send the US economy into depression," 25 Mar. 2020 Nor can governments do much to unfreeze supply chains, and few governments in Europe have the financial flexibility to inject much extra money into the economy. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Spread of Virus Could Hasten the Great Coming Apart of Globalization," 25 Feb. 2020 Other witnesses have described how the president’s most senior advisers, including the secretaries of state and defense, pushed him to unfreeze the aid in August. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators met for a rare weekend session on Saturday to privately question a senior official from the White House budget office about President Trump’s decision this summer to freeze $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine.," 17 Nov. 2019 Just remember to temporarily unfreeze credit, also free, when applying for a new credit card or loan. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Denver Post, "Equifax $700M settlement: What consumers should know," 22 July 2019

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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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28 May 2020

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“Unfreeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfreeze. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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unfreeze

verb
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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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