freeze1 [fri:z] v past tense froze [frəuz US frouz] past participle frozen [ˈfrəuzən US ˈfrou-]
5¦(feel cold)¦
8¦(stop moving)¦
10 somebody's blood freezes
Phrasal verbs
 freeze somebody<=>out
 freeze over
 freeze up
[: Old English; Origin: freosan]
1.) ¦(LIQUID)¦ [I and T]
if a liquid or something wet freezes or is frozen, it becomes hard and solid because the temperature is very cold
→↑melt, thaw ↑thaw
The lake had frozen overnight.
2.) ¦(FOOD)¦ [I and T]
to preserve food for a long time by keeping it at a very low temperature, or to be preserved in this way
I think I'll freeze that extra meat.
Tomatoes don't freeze well.
if a machine, engine, pipe etc freezes, the liquid inside it becomes solid with cold, so that it does not work properly
The water pipes have frozen.
4.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
it freezes
if it freezes outside, the temperature falls to or below ↑freezing point
Do you think it'll freeze tonight?
5.) ¦(FEEL COLD)¦ [I]
to feel very cold
I nearly froze to death watching that football match.
6.) ¦(WAGES/PRICES)¦ [T]
if a government or company freezes wages, prices etc, they do not increase them for a period of time
The government has been forced to cut spending and freeze public-sector wages.
to legally prevent money in a bank from being spent, property from being sold etc
The court froze their assets .
8.) ¦(STOP MOVING)¦ [I]
to stop moving suddenly and stay completely still and quiet
I froze and listened; someone was in my apartment.
freeze with
She froze with horror .
9.) ¦(FILM)¦ [T]
to stop a film or video in order to be able to look at a particular part of it
He froze the picture on the screen.
10.) sb's blood freezes
used to say that someone is very frightened or shocked
I heard his scream and felt my blood freeze.
freeze out [freeze sb<=>out] [i]phr v
to deliberately prevent someone from being involved in something, by making it difficult for them, being unkind to them etc
Why did you freeze me out?
freeze over phr v
if an area or pool of water freezes over, its surface turns into ice
We'll go skating if the lake has frozen over.
freeze up phr v
1.) if a machine, engine, or pipe freezes up, the liquid inside becomes solid with cold so that it does not work properly
= ↑freeze
2.) to suddenly be unable to speak or act normally
I wouldn't know what to say. I'd just freeze up.
freeze 2
freeze2 n
a time when people are not allowed to increase prices or pay
a price/pay/wage freeze
freeze on
a freeze on pay rises
the stopping of some activity or process
freeze on
The government have imposed a freeze on civil service appointments.
3.) [singular] BrE
a period of extremely cold weather
4.) [C usually singular] AmE
a short period of time, especially at night, when the temperature is extremely low

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