Meaning of FREEZE in English


I. ˈfrēz verb

( froze ˈfrōz ; fro·zen ˈfrō-z ə n ; freez·ing )

Etymology: Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan; akin to Old High German friosan to freeze, Latin pruina hoarfrost, Old English frost frost

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to become congealed into ice by cold

b. : to solidify as a result of abstraction of heat

c. : to withstand freezing

the bread freeze s well

2. : to become chilled with cold

almost froze to death

3. : to adhere solidly by or as if by freezing

pressure caused the metals to freeze

4. : to become fixed or motionless ; especially : to become incapable of acting or speaking

5. : to become clogged with ice

the water pipes froze

transitive verb


a. : to harden into ice

b. : to convert from a liquid to a solid by cold

2. : to make extremely cold : chill


a. : to act on usually destructively by frost

b. : to anesthetize by cold

4. : to cause to grip tightly or remain in immovable contact


a. : to cause to become fixed, immovable, unavailable, or unalterable

freeze interest rates

b. : to immobilize by governmental regulation the expenditure, withdrawal, or exchange of

freeze foreign assets

c. : to render motionless

a fake froze the defender

6. : to attempt to retain continuous possession of (a ball or puck) without an attempt to score usually in order to protect a small lead

• freez·ing·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 15th century


a. : an act or instance of freezing

b. : the state of being frozen

2. : a state of weather marked by low temperature especially when below the freezing point

3. : a halt in the production, testing, and deployment of military weapons

a nuclear freeze

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.