freeze1 [ friz ] (past tense froze [ frouz ] ; past participle frozen [ `frouzn ] ) verb **
▸ 1 when liquid turns solid
▸ 2 preserve by making cold
▸ 3 feel extremely cold
▸ 4 weather: reach 0°C
▸ 5 stop moving/working
▸ 6 stop officially
▸ 7 stop someone's money
1. ) intransitive or transitive if water freezes or something freezes it, it gets very cold and changes into ice:
The lake freezes in winter.
frozen solid (=completely hard): The water in the cat's bowl was frozen solid.
─ opposite MELT
a ) if a liquid freezes or something freezes it, it becomes solid because it has reached a low temperature:
Liquid nitrogen freezes at minus 209 degrees Celsius.
b ) if a substance freezes or something freezes it, it becomes very cold and hard:
The soil was frozen.
─ opposite THAW
c ) if a pipe freezes or the weather freezes it, the water inside it becomes ice
d ) if something such as a lock or a machine freezes or something freezes it, it gets stuck and cannot move:
The blanket had frozen to the windscreen.
2. ) transitive to preserve food or drink by making it extremely cold in a FREEZER:
I'll freeze the other pack of sausages.
a ) intransitive if food freezes, it is preserved in this way:
Strawberries don't freeze very well.
b ) transitive if you freeze a human body or a part of the body, you preserve it by making it extremely cold:
The embryos are frozen at minus 20 degrees and stored.
3. ) intransitive to feel extremely cold:
You'll freeze if you go out in that thin coat.
freeze to death (=die from being very cold): The lambs looked as if they had frozen to death in the snow.
4. ) intransitive if it freezes, the temperature of the air goes down to 0 degrees Celsius or below
5. ) intransitive to stop moving and keep completely still:
Freeze! Don't move a muscle!
Kate froze in horror when she saw all the blood.
frozen to the spot (=unable to move because you are frightened or shocked): I stood frozen to the spot, unable to believe my eyes.
a ) intransitive to stop moving or making progress:
Their wine glasses frozen in mid-air, they all stared at me.
It seemed as though time had frozen.
b ) intransitive or transitive COMPUTING if a computer screen freezes or something freezes it, the images on it become completely still and you cannot move them because there is something wrong with the computer
c ) transitive to stop a video or film from moving forward, especially so you can look closely at one particular picture
6. ) transitive to say officially that the rate or level of something must stay the same and not increase:
Wages were frozen until the end of December.
We are freezing prices at 2001 levels.
7. ) transitive to legally stop a supply of money from being available to someone:
The courts have frozen her bank account.
freeze someone's assets (=stop someone selling their property to make money): The company's assets could be frozen by the banks.
,freeze `out phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
to prevent someone from taking part in something:
He was frozen out of official life.
,freeze `over phrasal verb intransitive
to become covered with a layer of ice
,freeze `up phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL
1. ) if something freezes up it becomes so cold that it does not work or cannot move:
Our plumbing froze up last winter.
2. ) to be unable to think of anything to say, especially because you are nervous
freeze 2 [ friz ] noun *
1. ) count an official decision to prevent any increase in the number, level, or rate of something:
a pay/wage/price freeze
freeze on: There has been a freeze on the number of police officers.
2. ) singular a drop in temperature to 0 degrees Celsius or below:
A freeze is expected tonight.
a ) a period of time when the weather is extremely cold:
the big freeze of 1941

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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