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thaw

verb uk   /θɔː/ us    /θɑː/

thaw verb (BECOME NOT FROZEN)

[I or T] to (cause to) change from a solid, frozen state to a liquid or soft one, because of an increase in temperature: Allow the meat to thaw properly 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 become friendlier or more relaxed: The report shows that relations between the two enemies may be thawing.
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thaw

noun [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 warmer weather when snow and ice begin to melt: The thaw has set in early this year.
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