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noun freeze pronunciation in British English /friːz/
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  1. 1
    [countable] economics an official decision to prevent any increase in the number, level, or rate of something

    a pay/wage/price freeze

    freeze on:

    There has been a freeze on the number of police officers.

  2. 2
    [singular] a drop in temperature to 0° Celsius or below

    A freeze is expected tonight.

    1. a.
      a period of time when the weather is extremely cold

      the big freeze of 1941

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a time when something is not developing as it used to or should

    The events in Hanoi ended a two-year freeze in relations between the U.S. and Viet Nam.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 19/08/2015


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