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freeze

verb
 
 
/friːz/ ( past tense froze, past participle frozen)
ICE [I, T] B1 If something freezes or is frozen, it becomes hard and solid because it is very cold: The river had frozen overnight. Water freezes at 0° Celsius.IceColdSnow and ice
FOOD [I, T] B1 to make food last a long time by making it very cold and hard: You can freeze any cakes that you have left over.Preserving and storing food
PERSON [I] B2 to feel very cold: One of the climbers froze to death on the mountain.ColdSnow and ice
NOT MOVE [I] B2 to suddenly stop moving, especially because you are frightened: She saw someone outside the window and froze.Immobility
LEVEL [T] to fix the level of something such as a price or rate so that it does not increaseValue and price decreases
COMPUTER [I] if a computer freezes, it suddenly stops working and the screen will not change even when you use the keyboard or mouse (= small computer control)Not functioningComputer concepts
(Definition of freeze verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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