thaw Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"thaw" in British English

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thawverb

uk   /θɔː/  us   /θɑː/

thaw verb (BECOME NOT FROZEN)

[I or T] to (​cause to) ​change from a ​solid, ​frozenstate to a ​liquid or ​soft one, because of an ​increase in ​temperature: Allow the ​meat to thaw ​completely before ​cooking it. The ​sun came out and thawed the ​ice. It's ​beginning to thaw (= the ​weather is ​warm enough for ​snow and ​ice to ​melt).
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thaw verb (BECOME FRIENDLY)

[I] to ​becomefriendlier or more ​relaxed: The ​reportshows that relations between the two ​enemies may be thawing.
Phrasal verbs

thawnoun [S]

uk   /θɔː/  us   /θɑː/

thaw noun [S] (FRIENDLY)

an ​increase in ​friendliness: There are ​signs of a thaw in ​relations between the two ​countries.

thaw noun [S] (WEATHER)

the thaw a ​period of ​warmerweather when ​snow and ​icebegin to ​melt: There was an early thaw this ​year.
(Definition of thaw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thaw" in American English

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thawverb [I]

 us   /θɔ/
to ​cause something ​frozen and hard to ​becomewarmer and often ​softer or ​liquid: Remove the ​meat from the ​freezer and ​let it thaw. It may take a ​couple of ​hours to thaw out.

thawnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /θɔ/
a ​period of ​warmerweather when ​snow and ​icebegin to ​melt: With the ​spring thaw, the ​rivers and ​lakesswelled. A thaw is also a ​change to a friendlier ​attitude esp. between ​people or ​countries that were ​enemies: It was hoped that the ​agreement to ​exchangeathletes would ​lead to a thaw in ​relations between the two ​countries.
(Definition of thaw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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