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Definition of freeze
verb (past froze /frōz/; past participle frozen /ˈfrōzən/)
1 [no object] (of a liquid) be turned into ice or another solid as a result of extreme cold:in the winter the milk froze [with object] turn (a liquid) into ice or another solid. (of something wet or containing liquid) become blocked, covered, or rigid with ice:the pipes had frozen [with object] cause (something wet or containing liquid) to become blocked, covered, or rigid with ice: [with complement]:the ground was frozen hard be or feel so cold that one is near death (often used hyperbolically):you’ll freeze to death standing there [with object] (of the weather) cause (someone) to feel so cold that they are near death. (of the weather) be at or below freezing:at night it froze again [with object] deprive (a part of the body) of feeling, especially by the application of a chilled anesthetic substance. [with object] treat (someone) with a cold manner; stare coldly at (someone):she would freeze him with a look when he tried to talk to her 2 [with object] store (something) at a very low temperature in order to preserve it:the cake can be frozen [no object] (of food) be able to be preserved by freezing:this soup freezes well 3 [no object] become suddenly motionless or paralyzed with fear or shock:Mathewson froze on the spot, unable to take the next step stop moving when ordered or directed. 4 [with object] hold (something) at a fixed level or in a fixed state for a period of time:new spending on defense was to be frozen prevent (assets) from being used for a period of time:the charity’s bank account has been frozen stop (a moving image) at a particular frame when filming or viewing:the camera will set fast shutter speeds to freeze the action [no object] (of a computer screen) become temporarily locked because of system problems.
1an act of holding or being held at a fixed level or in a fixed state:workers faced a pay freeze 2a period of frost or very cold weather:the big freeze surprised the weathermen