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verb melt pronunciation in British English /melt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theymelt
he/she/itmelts
present participlemelting
past tensemelted
past participlemelted
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to change a solid substance into a liquid
    Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be changed from a solid substance into a liquid
      Climate change is causing the polar ice cap to melt.
  2. 2

    melt

    or

    melt away

    [intransitive] to disappear, usually gradually
    My fears melted when I saw his kind expression.
    melt into: He seemed to melt into the darkness.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make someone kinder and more sympathetic
    melt someone’s heart: She gave him a smile that melted his heart.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become kinder and more sympathetic
      All she has to do is smile at him and he just melts.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to gradually change or combine, so that you cannot see any difference between things
    melt into: The reds and golds melted into each other as the sun sank.

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