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freeze

[ freez ]SEE DEFINITION OF freeze
  • verbmake cold enough to become solid
  • verbstop

Synonyms for freeze

  • chill
  • refrigerate
  • benumb
  • bite
  • congeal
  • frost
  • glaciate
  • harden
  • nip
  • pierce
  • solidify
  • stiffen
  • chill to the bone
  • ice over
  • ice up
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Antonyms for freeze

  • heat
  • warm
  • liquefy
  • melt
  • boil
  • continue
  • go
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FREEZE

Wagon-tracks along the road were filled with water and had begun to freeze.

Content to starve, content to freeze, if only he need not be carried into captivity.

Put him in a car of dressed beef and he'd freeze it between here and Spokane.

"But it never has been cold enough to freeze your tail off," said the Prince, consolingly.

He laughed—a low laugh that seemed to freeze the air around him.

That accomplished, the earth might freeze over her for ever.

To do this he must walk the whole night through, let it rain or snow or freeze.

At that heartless sound all the soul in Paul Ritson seemed to freeze.

Besides, you'd freeze up there, if the smell of moth-balls didn't choke you first.

But the quality of the imagination is to flow, and not to freeze.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").

Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FREEZE

arrest

verbstop or slow

cessation

nounending

chilled

verbmake cold
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