Freeze - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |friːz|  American pronunciation of the word freeze
Brit.  |friːz|  British pronunciation of the word freeze
irregular verb:  p.t. — froze  p.p. — frozen


- the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid (syn: freezing)
- weather cold enough to cause freezing (syn: frost)
- an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement (syn: halt)
a nuclear freeze
- fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
a freeze on hiring


- stop moving or become immobilized
- change to ice
- be cold
I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on
- cause to freeze
- stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it (syn: suspend)
- be very cold, below the freezing point
- change from a liquid to a solid when cold (syn: freeze out)
Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit
- prohibit the conversion or use of (assets) (syn: block, immobilize)
- anesthetize by cold
- suddenly behave coldly and formally

Extra examples

The children are going to freeze out there without their coats.

The cold weather froze the water pipes.

The freeze destroyed many oranges.

...the Midwest will experience an intense freeze later in the week...

She called and he froze on the spot.

It made my blood freeze.

People are frozen with tears.

It snowed all night, and froze very hard.

In Canada a child's tongue once froze to a lamp-post he was licking.

The trees were damaged by a freeze in December.

The lake had frozen overnight.

I think I'll freeze that extra meat.

Tomatoes don't freeze well.

The water pipes have frozen.

Do you think it'll freeze tonight?

Phrasal verbs

freeze out  — change from a liquid to a solid when cold

Word forms

I/you/we/they: freeze
he/she/it: freezes
present participle: freezing
past tense: froze
past participle: frozen
singular: freeze
plural: freezes
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