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verb freeze pronunciation in British English /friːz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfreeze
he/she/itfreezes
present participlefreezing
past tensefroze
past participlefrozen
  1. 2
    [transitive] to preserve food or drink by making it extremely cold in a freezer

    You should freeze meat on the day that you buy it.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if food freezes, you can preserve it in this way

      Strawberries don't freeze very well.

    2. b.
      [transitive] if you freeze a human body or a part of the body, you preserve it by making it extremely cold

      The embryos are frozen at minus 20 degrees and stored.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to feel extremely cold

    You'll freeze if you go out in that thin coat.

    freeze to death (=die from being very cold):

    The lambs looked as if they had frozen to death in the snow.

  3. 5
    [intransitive] to stop moving and keep completely still

    Freeze! Don't move a muscle!

    Kate froze in horror when she saw all the blood.

    frozen to the spot (=unable to move because you are frightened or shocked):

    I stood frozen to the spot, unable to believe my eyes.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stop moving or making progress

      Their wine glasses frozen in mid-air, they all stared at me.

      It seemed as though time had frozen.

  4. 6
    [transitive] economics to say officially that the rate or level of something must stay the same and not increase

    Wages were frozen until the end of December.

    We are freezing prices at 2006 levels.

  5. 7
    [transitive] to legally stop a supply of money from being available to someone

    The courts have frozen her bank account.

    freeze someone's assets (=stop someone selling their property to make money):

    The company's assets could be frozen by the banks.

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