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verb     thaw pronunciation in American English
/θɔ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theythaw
he/she/itthaws
present participlethawing
past tensethawed
past participlethawed
  1. 1

    thaw

    or

    thaw out

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

      It has finally started to thaw.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become more friendly

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

  3. 3

    thaw

    or

    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.

  4. 4

    thaw

    or

    thaw out

    [intransitive] if someone’s 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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