It may freeze tonight.
They almost froze to death. Mulch keeps garden plants from freezing.
The pipes froze in the basement.
Aren't you freezing without a coat?
An opinion that froze into dogma.
The lake froze over in January. Bridges freeze before the adjacent roads.
The lock froze up with rust.
My computer screen froze when I opened the infected program.
I heard a sound and froze in my tracks.
Froze in front of the audience.
Froze me with one look.
The negotiations were frozen by the refusal of either side to compromise; froze the video in order to discuss the composition of the frame.
Winter cold that froze the ground.
Freeze investment loans during a depression; froze foreign assets held by US banks.
A freeze on city jobs; a proposed freeze on the production of nuclear weapons.
Wheels frozen to the ground.
To freeze with terror.
Don't freeze meat twice.
It's freezing in here!
Don't go outside wearing just a t-shirt; you'll freeze!
Over time, he froze towards her, and ceased to react to her friendly advances.
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.
- To affect with terror or dread; horrify:A scream that froze my blood.
- to cling to; hold fast to
- to die out through freezing, as plants do
- to keep out or force out by a cold manner, by competition, etc.
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of freeze
- Middle English fresen from Old English frēosan preus- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan (“to freeze”), from Proto-Germanic *freusaną (“to frost, freeze”), from Proto-Indo-European *prews- (“to frost, freeze”). Cognate with Scots frese (“to freeze”), West Frisian frieze (“to freeze”), Dutch vriezen (“to freeze”), Low German freren, freern, fresen (“to freeze”), German frieren (“to freeze”), Swedish frysa (“to freeze”), Latin pruīna (“hoarfrost”), Welsh (Northern) rhew (“frost, ice”), and Sanskrit प्रुष्व (pruṣvá, “water drop, frost”).
- See the above verb.