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verb thaw pronunciation in American English /θɔ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlethawing
past tensethawed
past participlethawed

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    thaw out

    [intransitive/transitive] if ice or snow thaws, or if something thaws it, it becomes warmer and changes into liquid

    Thawing sea ice in the Arctic can trigger climate change.

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      [intransitive/transitive] if the weather thaws, it becomes warmer and causes ice or snow to change into liquid

      It has finally started to thaw.

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    [intransitive] to become more friendly

    Stefan began to thaw a little after he felt more comfortable with the situation.

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    thaw out

    [intransitive/transitive] if frozen food thaws, or if you thaw it, it becomes softer and ready to cook

    Take the ice cream out of the freezer now so it’ll be thawed out in time for dinner.

    The leaflet tells you all about storing and thawing frozen food.

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    thaw out

    [intransitive] if someones body or a part of it thaws, it becomes warmer after being very cold

    My fingers are beginning to thaw out now.


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