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English definition of “freeze”

freeze

verb [I] (STOP MOVING)    /friːz/ (froze, frozen)
B2 If a person or animal that is moving freezes, it stops suddenly and becomes completely still, especially because of fear: She saw someone outside the window and froze. "Freeze (= don't move) or I'll shoot", screamed the gunman.Immobility
(Definition of freeze verb (STOP MOVING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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