verb freezes, froze, frozen, freezing
- tr & intr
1. To change (a liquid) into a solid by cooling it to below its freezing point, eg to change water into ice.
2. Said of a liquid: to change into a solid when it is cooled to below its freezing point.
- Thesaurus: harden, ice over, congeal, solidify.
3. To stick or cause to stick together by frost.
- Form: freeze together (often)
4. Said of the weather, temperature, etc: to be at or below the freezing-point of water.
- Example: It's freezing today
- To be or make very cold.
- Thesaurus: chill, nip, bite, cool, pierce.
6. To die of cold.
- Example: The sheep froze in the drifts
7. Said of food: to preserve, or be suitable for preserving, by refrigeration at below freezing-point.
tr & intr
8. To make or become motionless or unable to move, because of fear, etc.
9. To fix (prices, wages, etc) at a certain level.
10. To prevent (money, shares, assets, etc) from being used.
- Example: froze the bank account
12. Said of a computer program, system, etc: to stop working, usually so as to require the machine that the program is running on to be rebooted.
13. To stop (a process) at some point in its development to assess progress made.
14. To anaesthetize (a part of the body).
- 1. A period of very cold weather with temperatures below freezing-point. See also freeze-up.
2. A period of control of wages, prices, etc.
- Thesaurus: standstill, discontinuation, halt, suspension, shutdown, embargo, moratorium, postponement, abeyance.
- (chiefly US)
1. A command to stop instantly or risk being shot.
Phrasal Verb: freeze over or freeze something over
- To become covered or cover with ice.
- To exclude them from an activity, conversation, etc by persistent unfriendliness or unresponsiveness.
- To become blocked up or stop operating because of frost or ice. See also freeze-up.