Meaning of “freezing” in the English Dictionary

"freezing" in British English

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freezingadjective, adverb

uk /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/ us /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/

B1 extremely cold:

It's freezing in here - can I close the window?
They survived for four hours in the freezing water.
After walking through the snow, my feet were freezing.
I had to wait for hours on the freezing cold station platform.

More examples

  • It's freezing cold today.
  • So Roger spent the night in a freezing garage, did he? That'll teach him to go out without his house keys!
  • Come in - you must be freezing out there!
  • I haven't got my coat and I'm freezing.
  • It was freezing as we walked home last night.


uk /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/ us /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/

turning to ice:

More examples

  • Mists, freezing fogs and snow are common in this area.
  • Most of the country is experiencing unseasonal freezing temperatures and strong winds.
  • A fierce, freezing wind whipped torrential rain into their faces.
  • In these freezing conditions, the birds rely on householders for their food and water every day.
  • Our faces were stung by the icy wind and freezing rain.

freezingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/ us /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/ also freezing point

(Definition of “freezing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freezing" in American English

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freezingnoun [ U ]


chemistry the change or process of changing from a liquid to a solid substance

freezingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈfri·zɪŋ/

cold enough for liquids to turn to ice:

We can expect freezing temperatures all week.

fig. Freezing also means very cold:

It’s freezing in here – turn off the air conditioner!

(Definition of “freezing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)