Meaning of “melt” in the English Dictionary

"melt" in British English

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meltverb

uk /melt/ us /melt/

melt verb (BECOME LIQUID)

B2 [ I or T ] to turn from something solid into something soft or liquid, or to cause something to do this:

The snow usually melts by mid March.
Melt the chocolate slowly so that it doesn't burn.
The meat's beautifully cooked - it melts in your mouth (= is so pleasantly soft that you do not need to chew it).

More examples

  • When the sun came out, the ice began to melt.
  • The heat had melted the plastic tablecloth.
  • Melt the chocolate over a pan of water.
  • Pour in the melted butter.
  • All the snow melts into the river.

meltnoun [ C ]

uk /melt/ us /melt/ mainly US

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

"melt" in American English

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meltverb [ I/T ]

us /melt/

to change something from solid to liquid by heating, or to dissolve a solid in a liquid:

[ T ] The sun was hot and melted the snow.
[ I ] The ice cream was starting to melt by the time I got it home.

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