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English definition of “freeze”

freeze

verb (COLD)    /friːz/ (froze, frozen)
B1 [I or T] If you freeze something, you lower its temperature below 0°C, causing it to become cold and often hard, and if something freezes, its temperature goes below 0°C: Water freezes to ice at a temperature of 0°C. The ground had frozen hard/ solid . When the lake freezes (over) (= turns into ice on the surface ), we can go skating on it. Our pipes froze (up) (= the water in them turned to ice ) several times last winter . The weather forecast says that it is going to freeze tonight (= that the temperature will be at or below 0°C). Without a sleeping bag , you would freeze to death (= become so cold that you die ) out there on the mountainside .Snow and iceCold B1 [I or T] to make food last a long time by storing it at a very low temperature so that it becomes hard: I'll freeze any food that's left over. Most soups freeze (= can be preserved by being stored at a very low temperature ) well.Preserving and storing food
(Definition of freeze verb (COLD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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