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.
- freewill offering,
- freeze frame,
- freeze one's blood,
- freeze out,
Origin of freeze
Examples from the Web for freeze
The quandary of whether to freeze eggs or not could become irrelevant overnight.
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|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
MAKE IT AHEAD: Assemble the pot pies completely, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to a day or freeze for up to a month.
In fact, days after Thompson was elected last November, he requested that Hynes freeze any new ruling on the Lebovits case.
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|Jacob Siegel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was first a thaw, then a freeze, then a snow fall which 111preserved everything.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
Get some moss of a dry, fibrous nature, and containing no earthly matter to freeze.Mink Trapping|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Mr. Blake frowned slightly and seemed to freeze all over the surface he presented to the world.The Prisoner|Alice Brown
I aim to work too fast on our old cross-cut saw to have time to freeze.A Ticket to Adventure|Roy J. Snell
It was packed in solid, and then permitted to freeze by leaving the door and two windows open during the freezing weather.Brother Against Brother|Oliver Optic
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.).