AskDefine | Define freeze

Dictionary Definition



1 the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid [syn: freezing]
2 weather cold enough to cause freezing [syn: frost]
3 an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze" [syn: halt]
4 fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; "a freeze on hiring"


1 change to ice; "The water in the bowl froze" [ant: boil]
2 stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police car he froze" [syn: stop dead]
3 be cold; "I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"
4 cause to freeze; "Freeze the leftover food"
5 stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country" [syn: suspend]
6 be very cold, below the freezing point; "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"
7 change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit" [syn: freeze out, freeze down]
8 prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government" [syn: block, immobilize, immobilise] [ant: unblock, unblock]
9 anesthetize by cold
10 suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw her ex-husband" [also: frozen, froze]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /"fri:z/
  • /ˈfriːz/
  • Rhymes: -iːz


From freosan.



  1. A period of intensely cold weather.
  2. A precise draw weight shot where a delivered stone comes to a stand-still against a stationary stone, making it nearly impossible to knock out.
  3. A halt of a regular operation.
    Due to its current budget problems, the University has instituted a temporary hiring freeze.
  4. In the context of "specifically|in|_|finance": A block on pay rises.


period of cold
curling term
  • Dutch: bevriezing
  • Finnish: jäädytys, sulku
  • Italian: blocco
on salary


  1. Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.
    The pond has frozen over.
    Vodka won't freeze in there, but beer will.
  2. To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard.
    Don't freeze meat twice.
  3. To drop to a temperature below zero degrees celsius, where water turns to ice.
    It didn't freeze this winter, but last winter was very harsh.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|informal": To be very cold.
    It's freezing in here!
  5. To become motionless.
    The squirrel froze when it saw the hawk overhead.



to become solid due to low temperature
to lower something's temperature to freezing point
to drop below zero
  • Dutch: vriezen
  • Finnish: pakastaa, olla pakkasta
  • French: geler
  • German: frieren
  • Italian: gelare
  • Spanish: helar
  • Swedish: frysa
to be very cold
  • Czech: mrznout
  • Finnish: jäätää
to become motionless

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Freeze may refer to:
In music and entertainment:
In other usage:
freeze in German: Freeze
freeze in French: Freeze
freeze in Dutch: Freeze
freeze in Japanese: フリーズ

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