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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.


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.


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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