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thaw

verb [I]  /θɔ/ us  
to cause something frozen and hard to become warmer and often softer or liquid: Remove the meat from the freezer and let it thaw. It may take a couple of hours to thaw out.

thaw

noun [C usually sing]  /θɔ/ us  
a period of warmer weather when snow and ice begin to melt: With the spring thaw, the rivers and lakes swelled. A thaw is also a change to a friendlier attitude esp. between people or countries that were enemies: It was hoped that the agreement to exchange athletes would lead to a thaw in relations between the two countries.
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