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 State utility regulators have unfrozen the approval process for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging crude oil pipeline across Minnesota. Steve Karnowski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minnesota regulators restart Line 3 pipeline review process," 1 Oct. 2019 Less than a week after the launch of the investigation, the White House unfroze the funds for military assistance without explaining the hold-up. The Economist, "Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian adventure," 21 Sep. 2019 Lawmakers could accept the proposal, which would promptly return the unspent money to the Treasury, or reject it, which would unfreeze the funds and allow the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to spend the money. John Hudson, Washington Post, "U.S. officials shield Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence projects in review of foreign aid," 15 Aug. 2019 Freezing and unfreezing your credit at each of the three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — is now free to all consumers. Nerdwallet, oregonlive.com, "How to protect yourself after the Capital One data breach," 29 July 2019 Lawmakers could accept the proposal, which would promptly return the unspent money to the Treasury, or reject it, which would unfreeze the funds and allow the State Department and the US Agency for International Development to spend the money. John Hudson, BostonGlobe.com, "US officials shield Ivanka Trump, Pence projects in review of foreign aid," 14 Aug. 2019 Other areas that count: cost of freezing and unfreezing your credit report, cost of credit monitoring and other expenses like notary fees, document shipping, mileage and phone charges. Dallas News, "Should you apply for cash or free credit monitoring in the multi-million dollar Equifax settlement?," 8 Aug. 2019 According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Zakaryan would be paid thousands of dollars in cash to unfreeze fraudulent bank accounts that were created using fake identities. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Former Glendale bank manager admits to aiding money laundering scam," 5 Aug. 2019 Costs that could be covered would include: Any cost of freezing or unfreezing credit reports at any consumer reporting agency, such as TransUnion or Experian, after the breach. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Equifax to pay $700M in data breach settlement: What your payout could look like," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of unfreeze

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of unfreeze was in 1584

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unfreeze

verb
How to pronounce unfreeze (audio)

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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