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English definition of “freeze”

freeze

verb [I/T]  /friz/ (past tense froze  /froʊz/, past participle frozen  /ˈfroʊ·zən/) us  
to become cold enough to become solid: [I] The rainwater froze overnight, leaving the roads icy. If you freeze food, you preserve it by storing it at a very low temperature. Someone such as a police officer who says freeze is ordering you not to move except as the person tells you: [I] Freeze! Keep your hands up! To freeze something such as pay or prices is to fix them at a particular level and not allow any increases: [T] The company has frozen salaries. To freeze money or property is to officially and legally prevent it from being used or moved: [T] The government froze his assets.

freeze

noun [C]  /friz/ us  
a period when the air temperature is low enough so that water will freeze: The first freeze didn’t come until mid-December. A freeze is a temporary stopping of something: The company has imposed a wage/hiring freeze.
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