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“thaw” in British English

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uk /θɔː/ us /θɑː/

thawnoun [ S ]

uk /θɔː/ us /θɑː/

(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 become warmer 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.

a period of warmer weather when snow and ice begin to melt:

With the spring thaw, the rivers and lakes swelled.

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 exchange athletes would lead to a thaw in relations between the two countries.

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