freeze

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."

Primary Meanings of freeze

1.
vn
change from a liquid to a solid when cold
the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
2.
vn
stop moving or become immobilized
an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
3.
v
suddenly behave coldly and formally
Full Definitions of freeze
1

v change from a liquid to a solid when cold

“Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit”
Synonyms:
freeze down, freeze out
Type of:
solidify
become solid

v change to ice

“The water in the bowl froze
Synonyms:
freeze down, freeze out
change from a liquid to a solid when cold
Antonyms:
boil
come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor
Types:
glaciate
become frozen and covered with glaciers
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v cause to freeze

Freeze the leftover food”
Types:
deep freeze
store in a deep-freeze, as for conservation
ice
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

v anesthetize by cold

Type of:
anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, put out, put under
administer an anesthetic drug to

v be cold

“I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on”
Type of:
suffer
feel unwell or uncomfortable

v be very cold, below the freezing point

“It is freezing in Kalamazoo”

n the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid

Synonyms:
freezing
Types:
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

n weather cold enough to cause freezing

Synonyms:
frost
Type of:
cold weather
a period of unusually cold weather
2

v stop moving or become immobilized

“When he saw the police car he froze
Synonyms:
stop dead
Types:
fixate, settle on
become fixed (on)
Type of:
stand still
remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile

v stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

Synonyms:
suspend
Type of:
break, interrupt
terminate

v prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

Freeze the assets of this hostile government”
Synonyms:
block, immobilise, immobilize
Antonyms:
free, release, unblock, unfreeze
make (assets) available
Type of:
keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share

n an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

“a nuclear freeze
Synonyms:
halt
Type of:
pause
temporary inactivity

n fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level

“a freeze on hiring”
Types:
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)
3

v suddenly behave coldly and formally

“She froze when she saw her ex-husband”
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

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