freeze1 past tense froze, past participle frozen
if a liquid or something wet freezes or is frozen, it becomes hard and solid because the temperature is very cold [↪ melt, thaw]:
liquid[intransitive and transitive]
The lake had frozen overnight.
to preserve food for a long time by keeping it at a very low temperature, or to be preserved in this way:
food[intransitive and transitive]
I think I'll freeze that extra meat.
Tomatoes don't freeze well.
if a machine, engine, pipe etc freezes, the liquid inside it becomes solid with cold, so that it does not work properly:
The water pipes have frozen.
if it freezes outside, the temperature falls to or below freezing point:
Do you think it'll freeze tonight?
to feel very cold:
I nearly froze to death watching that football match.
if a government or company freezes wages, prices etc, they do not increase them for a period of time:
The government has been forced to cut spending and freeze public-sector wages.
to legally prevent money in a bank from being spent, property from being sold etc:
The court froze their assets.
to stop moving suddenly and stay completely still and quiet:
I froze and listened; someone was in my apartment.
to stop a film or video in order to be able to look at a particular part of it [↪ freeze-frame]:
He froze the picture on the screen.
used to say that someone is very frightened or shocked:
I heard his scream and felt my blood freeze.
freeze somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
Why did you freeze me out?
freeze overphrasal verb
The lake has frozen over.
freeze upphrasal verb
if a machine, engine, or pipe freezes up, the liquid inside becomes solid with cold so that it does not work properly [= freeze]
to suddenly be unable to speak or act normally:
I wouldn't know what to say. I'd just freeze up.