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freezeverb

uk   /friːz/  us   /friːz/ (froze, frozen)
  • freeze verb (COLD)

B1 [I or T] If you freeze something, you ​loweritstemperature below 0°C, ​causing it to ​becomecold and often hard, and if something freezes, ​itstemperature 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 ​weatherforecast says that it is going to freeze ​tonight (= that the ​temperature will be at or below 0°C). Without a ​sleepingbag, you would freeze to ​death (= ​become so ​cold that you ​die) out there on the ​mountainside.
B1 [I or T] to make ​food last a ​longtime by ​storing it at a very ​lowtemperature 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 ​lowtemperature) well.

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  • freeze verb (STOP WORKING)

[I] US (also freeze up) If an ​engine or ​lock freezes, it ​stopsworking because ​itsparts have ​becomestuck and can no ​longermove: My ​oldbicycle was so ​rusty that the ​gears had frozen. If the ​lock has frozen up, ​trylubricating it with ​oil.
  • freeze verb (MONEY/PROPERTY)

[T] To freeze something such as ​pay or ​prices is to ​fix it at a ​particularlevel and not ​allow any ​increases: The ​government has frozen ​pensions until the end of next ​year.
[T] to ​officially and ​legallypreventmoney or ​property from being used or ​moved: When it was ​obvious the ​company was going ​bankrupt, the ​governmentordered all ​theirassets to be frozen.
Phrasal verbs

freezenoun

uk   /friːz/  us   /friːz/
(Definition of freeze from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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freezeverb [I/T]

 us   /friz/ (past tense froze  /froʊz/ , past participle frozen  /ˈfroʊ·zən/ )
to ​becomecold enough to ​becomesolid: [I] The ​rainwater froze ​overnight, ​leaving the ​roadsicy.
If you freeze ​food, you ​preserve it by ​storing it at a very ​lowtemperature.
Someone such as a ​policeofficer who says freeze is ​ordering you not to move except as the ​persontells you: [I] Freeze! Keep ​yourhands up!
To freeze something such as ​pay or ​prices is to ​fix them at a ​particularlevel and not ​allow any ​increases: [T] The ​company has frozen ​salaries.
To freeze ​money or ​property is to ​officially and ​legallyprevent it from being used or moved: [T] The ​government froze his ​assets.

freezenoun [C]

 us   /friz/
a ​period when the ​airtemperature is ​low enough so that ​water will freeze: The first freeze didn’t come until mid-December.
A freeze is a ​temporarystopping of something: The ​company has ​imposed a ​wage/​hiring freeze.
(Definition of freeze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"freeze" in Business English

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freezeverb

uk   us   /friːz/ (froze, frozen)
[T] ECONOMICS, FINANCE to ​fixprices, ​incomelevels, ​interestrates, etc. at a particular ​level and not ​allow any ​increases: freeze wages/rates/taxes Mortgage ​lenders have ​agreed to freeze ​adjustableinterestrates for some of the state's highest-risk borrowers.
[T] LAW, BANKING if a ​government or ​court freezes someone's ​bankaccount, ​money, assets etc. it ​legally prevents them from using any of it: Some of the prisoners' ​assets were frozen by ​order of the ​government. Officials said they will freeze 120 ​localbankaccounts and ​placeracketeeringliens on numerous homes and ​businesses.
[I] IT if a ​computer freezes or a ​computerscreen is frozen, it suddenly ​stopsworking and the ​screen will not ​changeeven when you use the ​keyboard or mouse: If your ​computer freezes, you may have to ​shut it down ​manually by ​holding the ​powerbutton for several ​seconds.
[T] to ​officiallystop an ​activity or ​process for a ​period of ​time: freeze production/sales/recruitment The world's biggest automaker announced that it will temporarily freeze ​productiondue to ​lowdemand.
Phrasal verbs

freezenoun [C]

uk   us   /friːz/
ECONOMICS a decision to ​fixprices, ​incomelevels, ​interestrates, etc. at a particular ​level and not ​allow any ​increases: a pay/price/interest rate/tax freeze To ​deal with the ​pensioncrisis, a two-year ​salary freeze has been ​imposed on the city's 11,000 ​employees.
an ​official decision to ​stop an ​activity from continuing for a ​period of ​time: They promised to ​halve the ​deficit through a ​domestic spending freeze and ​improvinggovernmentefficiency. The ​temporarynuclear freeze has not impressed Washington hardliners.a hiring/recruitment freeze Hiring freezes and ​layoffs are likely to continue into the new ​year. a freeze on sth The ​organization was set up to ​campaign for a freeze on the ​growing of GM ​crops and animals.
LAW an ​officialorder, for ​example, from a ​judge or ​government, that prevents ​money or ​property from being used or ​moved: impose/put/place a freeze on sth A High Court ​judgeplaced a freeze on her ​worldwideassets.
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(Definition of freeze from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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