Translation of "freeze" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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freezeverb

uk /friːz/ us /friːz/ froze, frozen

freeze verb (COLD)

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.

(使)凍結,(使)結冰
Water freezes to ice at a temperature of 0°C. 水在攝氏零度結冰。
The ground had frozen hard/solid. 地面已經凍得硬邦邦的了。
When the lake freezes (over) (= turns into ice on the surface), we can go skating on it. 湖面結冰後,我們可以在上面滑冰。
Our pipes froze (up) (= the water in them turned to ice) several times last winter. 去年冬天我們的水管凍了好幾次。
The weather forecast says that it is going to freeze tonight (= that the temperature will be at or below 0°C). 天氣預報說今晚溫度會至冰點或更低。
Without a sleeping bag, you would freeze to death (= become so cold that you die) out there on the mountainside. 在山坡那裡,沒有睡袋你會被凍死。

B1 [ I or T ] to make food last a long time by storing it at a very low temperature so that it becomes hard

冷凍保存(食物)
I'll freeze any food that's left over. 我會把剩下的食物都冷凍起來。
Most soups freeze (= can be preserved by being stored at a very low temperature) well. 大多數湯都可以冷凍保存。

More examples

  • She'll prepare the food ahead of time and freeze it.
  • If required, freeze on day of purchase.
  • The river froze to a depth of over a metre.
  • It was so cold that the clothes on the washing line had frozen.
  • The river freezes every winter.

freeze verb (STOP WORKING)

[ I ] US also freeze up If an engine or lock freezes, it stops working because its parts have become stuck and can no longer move.

(引擎或鎖)卡住,堵塞
My old bicycle was so rusty that the gears had frozen. 我的舊自行車鏽得太厲害,齒輪都卡住不動了。
If the lock has frozen up, try lubricating it with oil. 如果鎖卡住了,上點油潤滑一下試試。

freeze verb (STOP MOVING)

B2 [ I ] If a person or animal that is moving freezes, it stops suddenly and becomes completely still, especially because of fear.

(尤指出於恐懼)僵住,呆住
She saw someone outside the window and froze. 她看見窗外有人,一下就呆住了。
"Freeze (= don't move) or I'll shoot!" screamed the gunman. 「不許動,否則我就開槍了!」那個持槍者大喊道。

freeze verb (MONEY/PROPERTY)

[ T ] To freeze something such as pay or prices is to fix it at a particular level and not allow any increases.

使(工資、物價等)固定不變,阻止…增長
The government has frozen pensions until the end of next year. 政府已決定在明年年底之前維持養老金水準不變。

[ T ] to officially and legally prevent money or property from being used or moved

凍結(資金或財産)
When it was obvious the company was going bankrupt, the government ordered all their assets to be frozen. 當該公司很明顯要破産倒閉時,政府下令凍結其全部資産。

freezenoun

uk /friːz/ us /friːz/

freeze noun (COLD WEATHER)

[ S ] a period of extremely cold weather

嚴寒期,冰凍期

freeze noun (STOP)

[ C ] a temporary stopping of something

(暫時的)凍結,停滯
The government has imposed a wage freeze/a freeze on wage increases. 政府暫時凍結了工資增長。

(Translation of “freeze” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)