freeze Definition

  • 1to become hard and solid because of low temperature
  • 2to make something become hard and solid because of low temperature
  • 3to stop moving or stop someone from moving, especially by using force

Using freeze: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "freeze" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The lake freezes over in winter.

  • Example

    I froze my fingers off waiting for the bus.

  • Example

    The company has frozen all hiring until further notice.

  • Example

    The fear froze him in his tracks.

  • Example

    She froze when she saw the spider on the wall.

freeze Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using freeze

  • a temporary stop or suspension of something


    The government announced a freeze on new construction projects in the area.

  • to prevent someone from accessing their money or property, usually as a punishment or legal action


    The court ordered the company to freeze his assets until the investigation was complete.

  • to die because of exposure to extreme cold


    The hiker got lost in the mountains and almost froze to death before he was rescued.

Phrases with freeze

  • a single frame of a film or video that has been stopped and can be viewed separately


    He paused the movie and showed us a freeze frame of the car chase.

  • to exclude or ignore someone intentionally


    She felt frozen out of the group after her argument with the leader.

  • freeze up

    to become unable to move or speak because of fear or nervousness


    I froze up during the presentation and forgot what I was going to say.


Summary: freeze in Brief

The verb 'freeze' [friːz] can mean to become hard and solid due to low temperature, to make something become hard and solid, or to stop moving or someone from moving. Examples include 'The lake freezes over in winter,' 'The company has frozen all hiring until further notice,' and 'She froze when she saw the spider on the wall.' Phrases like 'freeze frame' and idioms such as 'a freeze on something' and 'freeze to death' extend the term's usage.

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