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freeze (v.)

alteration of freese, friese, from Middle English fresen, from Old English freosan (intransitive) "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusan "to freeze" (source also of Dutch vriezen, Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," and related to Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (source also of Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").

Of weather, "be cold enough to freeze," 13c. Meaning "perish from cold" is c. 1300. Transitive sense "harden into ice, congeal as if by frost" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense late 14c., "make hard or unfeeling." Intransitive meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level" is from 1933; of assets, "make non-transactable," from 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].

freeze (n.)

"freezing conditions," c. 1400, from freeze (v.).

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Definitions of freeze from WordNet
1
freeze (v.)
stop moving or become immobilized;
When he saw the police car he froze
Synonyms: stop dead
freeze (v.)
change to ice;
The water in the bowl froze
freeze (v.)
be cold;
I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on
freeze (v.)
cause to freeze;
freeze (v.)
stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it;
Synonyms: suspend
freeze (v.)
be very cold, below the freezing point;
freeze (v.)
change from a liquid to a solid when cold;
Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit
Synonyms: freeze out / freeze down
freeze (v.)
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets);
Synonyms: block / immobilize / immobilise
freeze (v.)
anesthetize by cold;
freeze (v.)
suddenly behave coldly and formally;
She froze when she saw her ex-husband
2
freeze (n.)
the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid;
Synonyms: freezing
freeze (n.)
weather cold enough to cause freezing;
Synonyms: frost
freeze (n.)
an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement;
a nuclear freeze
Synonyms: halt
freeze (n.)
fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level;
a freeze on hiring
From wordnet.princeton.edu