verb (used without object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
verb (used with object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
- Canasta.to play a wild card on (the discard pile) so as to make it frozen.
- Poker.to eliminate (other players) in a game of freezeout.
Origin of freeze
Related Words for freezerefrigerate, chill, fix, suspend, stiffen, pierce, benumb, bite, frost, harden, congeal, solidify, nip, glaciate, depress, inhibit, dishearten, dampen, discourage, peg
Examples from the Web for freeze
Contemporary Examples of freeze
The quandary of whether to freeze eggs or not could become irrelevant overnight.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
To get the product from manufacturer to arm, the product is lyophilized (a fancy word for freeze dried).Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
MAKE IT AHEAD: Assemble the pot pies completely, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to a day or freeze for up to a month.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
In fact, days after Thompson was elected last November, he requested that Hynes freeze any new ruling on the Lebovits case.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
But in Syria, where Shia are a minority, a post-ISIS future threatens to freeze Iran out.How Iran Could Become Our Shadow Enemy in the Syria ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Historical Examples of freeze
Wagon-tracks along the road were filled with water and had begun to freeze.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Content to starve, content to freeze, if only he need not be carried into captivity.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Put him in a car of dressed beef and he'd freeze it between here and Spokane.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"But it never has been cold enough to freeze your tail off," said the Prince, consolingly.Prince Vance
He laughed—a low laugh that seemed to freeze the air around him.The Floating Island of Madness
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").
Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].
c.1400, from freeze (v.).