melt - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlemelting
past tensemelted
past participlemelted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to change a solid substance into a liquid
    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 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.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if you melt into or against someone, you relax as they hold you close in a romantic way

phrasal verbs

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