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English noun: melt

1. melt (process) the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid


SamplesThe power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster.
The thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours.


Synonymsmelting, thaw, thawing


Broader (hypernym)heating, phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change, warming


English verb: melt

1. melt (change) reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating


SamplesMelt butter.
Melt down gold.
The wax melted in the sun.


Synonymsmelt down, run


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)break up, dissolve, resolve


Narrower (hyponym)fuse, render, try


Verb groupbleed, run

2. melt (change) become or cause to become soft or liquid


SamplesThe sun melted the ice.
The ice thawed.
The ice cream melted.
The heat melted the wax.
The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase.
Dethaw the meat.


Synonymsdethaw, dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)flux, liquefy, liquify


Narrower (hyponym)de-ice, defrost, deice, deliquesce

3. melt (change) become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial


SamplesWith age, he mellowed.


Synonymsmellow, mellow out


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb groupmellow

4. melt (change) lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually


SamplesHundreds of actors were melting into the scene.


Synonymsmeld


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix

5. melt (change) become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly


SamplesThe scene begins to fade.
The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk.


Synonymsfade


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken

6. melt (change) become less intense and fade away gradually


SamplesHer resistance melted under his charm.
Her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance.


Synonymsdisappear, evaporate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)weaken









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