1 period of weather with a temperature below 0°
ADJ. big The weather report advised us to prepare for a big freeze.
2 putting a particular level on sth
ADJ. immediate | complete, total a total freeze on gas emissions | virtual | pay, price, wage
VERB + FREEZE bring in, impose The government has imposed a price freeze on petrol. | announce, declare | lift It's too expensive to lift the freeze on pay.
PREP. ~ on a freeze on bus fares
1 become ice/extremely cold
ADV. solid The pond had frozen solid. | over, up The lake has frozen over. The pipes have frozen up.
PHRASES freeze to death Hundreds of homeless people could freeze to death this winter.
2 preserve food
ADV. well Many vegetables freeze very well.
3 stop moving
ADV. suddenly | for a moment/second, momentarily His smile froze for a moment.
VERB + FREEZE seem to Suddenly, Ronny seemed to freeze.
PREP. in/with She froze with horror when she saw the body. | into Maggie's face had frozen into a cold mask.
PHRASES freeze to the spot He was so surprised he froze to the spot.
ADV. effectively Wages were effectively frozen for six months.
PREP. at Prices have been frozen at this level for over a year now.