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English noun: freeze

1. freeze (process) the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid


Broader (hypernym)chilling, cooling, phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change, temperature reduction

Narrower (hyponym)freeze-drying, frost, icing, lyophilisation, lyophilization

2. freeze (phenomenon) weather cold enough to cause freezing


Broader (hypernym)cold weather

3. freeze (act) an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

SamplesA halt in the arms race.
A nuclear freeze.


Broader (hypernym)pause

4. freeze (act) fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level

SamplesA freeze on hiring.

Broader (hypernym)limitation, restriction

Narrower (hyponym)hiring freeze, price freeze, wage freeze

English verb: freeze

1. freeze (motion) stop moving or become immobilized

SamplesWhen he saw the police car he froze.

Synonymsstop dead

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)stand still

Narrower (hyponym)fixate, settle on

2. freeze (change) change to ice

SamplesThe water in the bowl froze.

ExamplesThe water freezes

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

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)glaciate


Verb groupfreeze, freeze down, freeze out


3. freeze (body) be cold

SamplesI could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)suffer

4. freeze (change) cause to freeze

SamplesFreeze the leftover food.

ExamplesThe chefs freeze the vegetables

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)deep freeze, flash-freeze, ice, quick-freeze


5. freeze (change) stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

SamplesSuspend the aid to the war-torn country.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, interrupt

6. freeze (weather) be very cold, below the freezing point

SamplesIt is freezing in Kalamazoo.

ExamplesIt was freezeing all day long

Pattern of useIt is ----ing

7. freeze (change) change from a liquid to a solid when cold

SamplesWater freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Synonymsfreeze down, freeze out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)solidify

Verb groupfreeze

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

8. freeze (change) prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

SamplesBlocked funds.
Freeze the assets of this hostile government.

ExamplesThey freeze the money

Synonymsblock, immobilise, immobilize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep back, withhold

Antonymsunfreeze, unblock, release, free

9. freeze (body) anesthetize by cold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, put out, put under

Domain categoryoperation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process

10. freeze (body) suddenly behave coldly and formally

SamplesShe froze when she saw her ex-husband.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

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