When liquids freeze, they become so cold that they turn solid. The little squares of water in an ice tray freeze and become ice cubes when you put them in your freezer long enough.

Orange juice and grape drink freeze into popsicles, and puddles freeze overnight if the temperature drops enough. You can freeze things, too, as when you freeze leftovers to be reheated in a few days. People often tend to use this verb in an exaggerating way when they're feeling cold: "If you don't wear your gloves, your fingers will freeze!" The Old English root of freeze is freosan, "turn to ice."

Definitions of freeze
  1. verb
    change from a liquid to a solid when cold
    “Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit”
    synonyms: freeze down, freeze out
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    type of:
    become solid
  2. verb
    change to ice
    “The water in the bowl froze
    freeze down, freeze out
    change from a liquid to a solid when cold
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    come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor
    become frozen and covered with glaciers
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  3. verb
    cause to freeze
    Freeze the leftover food”
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    deep freeze
    store in a deep-freeze, as for conservation
    cause to become ice or icy
    flash-freeze, quick-freeze
    freeze rapidly so as to preserve the natural juices and flavors
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    anesthetize by cold
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    anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, put out, put under
    administer an anesthetic drug to
  5. verb
    be cold
    “I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on”
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    feel unwell or uncomfortable
  6. verb
    be very cold, below the freezing point
    “It is freezing in Kalamazoo”
  7. noun
    the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
    synonyms: freezing
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    freeze-drying, lyophilisation, lyophilization
    a method of drying food or blood plasma or pharmaceuticals or tissue without destroying their physical structure; material is frozen and then warmed in a vacuum so that the ice sublimes
    frost, icing
    the formation of frost or ice on a surface
    type of:
    chilling, cooling, temperature reduction
    the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature
    phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change
    a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
  8. noun
    weather cold enough to cause freezing
    synonyms: frost
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    cold weather
    a period of unusually cold weather
  9. verb
    stop moving or become immobilized
    “When he saw the police car he froze
    synonyms: stop dead
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    fixate, settle on
    become fixed (on)
    type of:
    stand still
    remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile
  10. verb
    stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
    synonyms: suspend
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    break, interrupt
  11. verb
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    Freeze the assets of this hostile government”
    synonyms: block, immobilise, immobilize
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    free, release, unblock, unfreeze
    make (assets) available
    type of:
    keep back, withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
  12. noun
    an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
    “a nuclear freeze
    synonyms: halt
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    type of:
    temporary inactivity
  13. noun
    fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
    “a freeze on hiring”
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    hiring freeze
    a freeze on hiring
    price freeze
    a freeze of prices at a given level
    wage freeze
    a freeze of wages at a given level
    type of:
    limitation, restriction
    an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
  14. verb
    suddenly behave coldly and formally
    “She froze when she saw her ex-husband”
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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