- To freeze is defined as to become frozen, to make something frozen or to stop moving.
- An example of to freeze is for water to turn into ice cubes.
- An example of to freeze is for a child to suddenly stop when he sees his mother catching him steal a cookie.
Water had to freeze to form these ice cubes.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to be formed into ice; be hardened or solidified by cold
- to become covered or clogged with ice
- to be or become very cold
- to become attached by freezing: wheels frozen to the ground
- to die or be damaged by exposure to cold
- ☆ to become motionless or fixed
- to be made momentarily speechless or unable to move or act by a strong, sudden emotion: to freeze with terror
- to become formal, haughty, or unfriendly
- Mech. to stick or become tight as a result of expansion of parts caused by overheating, increased friction due to inadequate lubrication or corrosion, etc.
Origin: Middle English fresen ; from Old English freosan, akin to Old High German friosan (Ger frieren) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form preus-, to freeze, burn like cold from source Classical Latin pruina, hoarfrost, pruna, glowing coals
- to cause to form into ice; harden or solidify by cold
- to cover or clog with ice
- to make very cold; chill
- to remove sensation from, as with a local anesthetic
- to preserve (food) by solidifying it through rapid refrigeration
- to make fixed or attached by freezing
- to kill or damage by exposure to cold
- to make or keep motionless or stiff
- ☆ to frighten or discourage by cool behavior, unfriendliness, etc.
- to make formal, haughty, or unfriendly
- to fix (prices, employment, an employee, etc.) at a given level or place by authoritative regulation
- to stop consumer production or use of (a critical material), as in wartime
- to make (funds, assets, etc.) unavailable to the owners
- to suspend the production of (weapons, esp. nuclear weapons)
- a freezing or being frozen
- a period of cold, freezing weather; a frost
- freezable adjective
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verb froze froze , fro·zen , freez·ing, freez·es verb, intransitive
- a. To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.b. To acquire a surface or coat of ice from cold: The lake froze over in January. Bridges freeze before the adjacent roads.
- To become clogged or jammed because of the formation of ice: The pipes froze in the basement.
- To be at that degree of temperature at which ice forms: It may freeze tonight.
- To be killed or harmed by cold or frost: They almost froze to death. Mulch keeps garden plants from freezing.
- To be or feel uncomfortably cold: Aren't you freezing without a coat?
- a. To become fixed, stuck, or attached by or as if by frost: The lock froze up with rust.b. To stop functioning properly, usually temporarily: My computer screen froze when I opened the infected program.
- a. To become motionless or immobile, as from surprise or attentiveness: I heard a sound and froze in my tracks.b. To become unable to act or speak, as from fear: froze in front of the audience.
- To become rigid and inflexible; solidify: an opinion that froze into dogma.
- a. To convert into ice.b. To cause ice to form upon.c. To cause to congeal or stiffen from extreme cold: winter cold that froze the ground.
- To preserve (foods, for example) by subjecting to freezing temperatures.
- To damage, kill, or make inoperative by cold or by the formation of ice.
- To make very cold; chill.
- To immobilize, as with fear or shock.
- To chill with an icy or formal manner: froze me with one look.
- To stop the motion or progress of: The negotiations were frozen by the refusal of either side to compromise.
- a. To fix (prices or wages, for example) at a given or current level.b. To prohibit further manufacture or use of.c. To prevent or restrict the exchange, withdrawal, liquidation, or granting of by governmental action: freeze investment loans during a depression; froze foreign assets held by U.S. banks.
- To capture or preserve a likeness of, as on film.
- a. To photograph (a subject) in mid-action so as to produce a still image.b. To stop (a moving film) at a particular image.
- To anesthetize by chilling.
- Sports To keep possession of (a ball or puck) so as to deny an opponent the opportunity to score.
- a. The act of freezing.b. The state of being frozen.
- A spell of cold weather; a frost.
- A restriction that forbids a quantity from rising above a given or current level: a freeze on city jobs; a proposed freeze on the production of nuclear weapons.
Origin: Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan; see preus- in Indo-European roots.
- freezˈa·ble adjective
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freeze - Medical Definition
- To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
- To make or become congealed, stiffened, or hardened by exposure to cold.
freeze - Phrases/Idioms
freeze (on) toâ
- â to die out through freezing, as plants
- â Informal to keep out or force out by a cold manner, competition, etc.
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