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freeze

freeze

 
 
pronunciation:
friz
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: freezes, freezing, froze, frozen
definition 1: to become hardened into ice or a solid form through loss of heat.
The water in our pond usually freezes in January.
antonyms:
melt, thaw
definition 2: to become clogged by ice.
The water pipes froze when our furnace was broken last winter.
definition 3: to lose mobility or flexibility; become rigid.
definition 4: to suddenly stop or become immobile.
His face froze in fear.
similar words:
check, lock
definition 5: to feel the effects of intense cold.
antonyms:
overheat, thaw
definition 6: to die of intense cold.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to make into ice or a solid form by subjecting to cold.
antonyms:
melt, thaw
definition 2: to make immobile or inflexible; make rigid.
definition 3: to cause to feel the effects of intense cold.
antonyms:
overheat, thaw
similar words:
nip
definition 4: to cause to die from intense cold.
definition 5: to cause to stop or become suddenly rigid.
definition 6: to stop the further manufacture of.
That group is working to freeze nuclear weapons.
definition 7: to fix (wages, prices, or the like) at a certain level.
antonyms:
change
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of freezing or state of being frozen.
antonyms:
melt, thaw
definition 2: a period of severely cold weather.
antonyms:
thaw
definition 3: the halting of a process such as the rise of prices or the manufacture of weapons.
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derivation: freezable (adj.)
Word Builder: freeze +
  • freezer:
    a very cold refrigerator that freezes foods.
  • freezing:
    very cold.
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