General English

General Science

  • verb to preserve something such as food by keeping it at a very low temperature it
  • verb to be so cold that water turns to ice
  • verb to become or remain motionless to avoid the attention of predators


  • verb to keep something such as money or costs at their present level and not allow them to rise


  • verb to pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat


  • verb to change the state of something from liquid to solid because of the cold
  • verb to store food at below freezing point.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to stop and display a single frame from a film, TV programme or video tape


  • verb to order a person not to move money or sell assets

Media Studies

  • verb to take a still photograph of somebody or something in motion
  • verb to show a single frame of a moving film so that it appears to be a still image


  • verb to anaesthetise part of the body


  • see dry.


  • verb to keep prices, costs, etc., at their present level and not allow them to rise

Origin & History of “freeze”

Freeze is an ancient word, which traces its history back to Indo-European *preus- (source also of Latin pruīna ‘hoarfrost’). Its Germanic descendant was *freusan, from which come German frieren, Dutch vriezen, Swedish frysa, and English freeze. The noun frost (OE) was formed in the prehistoric Germanic period from a weakly stressed variant of the base of *freusan plus the suffix -t.