From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfreezefreeze1 /friːz/ ●●●S3W3 verb (past tense froze /frəʊz $ froʊz/, past participle frozen /ˈfrəʊzən $ ˈfroʊ-/)1liquid [intransitive, transitive]COLD if a liquid or something wetfreezes or is frozen, it becomes hard and solid because the temperature is very cold → melt, thawThe lake had frozen overnight.2food [intransitive, transitive]COLD to preserve food for a long time by keeping it at a very low temperature, or to be preserved in this wayI think I’ll freeze that extra meat.Tomatoes don’t freeze well.3machine/engine [intransitive]HARD if a machine, engine, pipe etc freezes, the liquid inside it becomes solid with cold, so that it does not work properlyThe water pipes have frozen.4 →it freezes5feel cold [intransitive]COLD to feel very coldI nearly froze to death watching that football match.6wages/prices [transitive]STOP something THAT IS HAPPENING if a government or company freezes wages, prices etc, they do not increase them for a period of timeThe government has been forced to cut spending and freeze public-sector wages.7money/property [transitive]PREVENT to legally prevent money in a bank from being spent, property from being sold etcThe court froze their assets.8stop moving [intransitive]STOP MOVING to stop moving suddenly and stay completely still and quietI froze and listened; someone was in my apartment.freeze withShe froze with horror.9film [transitive] to stop a DVD or video in order to be able to look at a particular part of it → freeze-frameHe froze the picture on the screen.10 →somebody’s blood freezes →freeze somebody ↔ out →freeze over →freeze up→ See Verb table
freezefreeze2 ●○○ noun1[countable]STOP something THAT IS HAPPENING a time when people are not allowed to increase prices or paya price/pay/wage freezefreeze ona freeze on pay rises2[countable]STOP something THAT IS HAPPENING the stopping of some activity or processfreeze onThe government have imposed a freeze on civil service appointments.3DNCOLD[singular] British English a period of extremely cold weather4[countable usually singular] American EnglishPERIOD OF TIME a short period of time, especially at night, when the temperature is extremely low →deep freeze
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freeze• The primeminister has announced a freeze on incometax for two years.• Banana plants will die back in a freeze but usually return in the spring from the rootstocks.• Other stringentmeasures included a freeze on tax allowances this year.• Unless a freakfreeze is experienced, an unusually warm late winter-early springtime will have Augusta National in lush heavily-grassed condition.• Wait to prune in March, when the GulfCoast area is usually out of danger of a hard freeze.• While the Cabinet has yet to make finaldecisions, ministers seemed set to approve a pay freeze.a price/pay/wage freeze• The 340 hourly-paid workers would not accepta wages freeze and cuts in their benefits and were sacked.• While the Cabinet has yet to make final decisions, ministers seemed set to approve a pay freeze.• Three-quarters of the workforce was sacked after failing to accept a management plan which involveda wages freeze and benefit cuts.• Around one in eight of the surveysamplereporteda pay freeze for the workers concerned.From Longman Business Dictionaryfreezefreeze1 /friːz/ verb (past tense froze /frəʊzfroʊz/, past participle frozen /ˈfrəʊzənˈfroʊ-/)1[transitive]COMMERCE if a government or company freezes prices, wages etc, they keep them at a particular levelThe company cut executive salaries by 10%, all remaining salaries were frozen.The president froze fuel prices and set a ceiling on prices for basic foodstuffs.2LAWBANKINGto legally prevent money in a bank from being taken out, property from being sold etc, for example because there is a disagreement concerning itA federal judge froze more than $20 million in FundAmerica bank accounts last Friday after several California investors sued Mr Edwards.3[transitive]COMMERCE to stop an activity or a proposed activity for a period of timeThe airline froze hiring and instructed employees to reduce spending.Mr Smith has frozen plans to develop the record company.4[intransitive]computing if a computer or a computer screen freezes, the image on the screen will not change because of a problem with the computerMy computer froze and I had to reboot it. → see alsofrozen→ See Verb tablefreezefreeze2 noun1[countable]ECONOMICS when prices, wages etc are fixed at a particular levelThey said the cable television industry was abusing its market position, and called for a mandatory price freeze in cable rates.The prime minister called for a pay freeze to help keep inflation down. →credit freeze2[countable] when an activity is stopped for a period of timefreeze onIf the government imposes a freeze on the roads programme, up to 20,000 jobs could be lost.In an effort to reduce overheads, they laid off a quarter of the staff and initiated a hiring freeze (=when a company does not take new employees).