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Related to froze: frozen
Past tense of freeze.
the past tense of freeze
v. froze, fro•zen, freez•ing,
1. to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
2. to become hard or stiffened because of loss of heat.
3. to suffer the effects or sensation of intense cold: We froze until the heat came on.
4. to be of the degree of cold at which water freezes: It may freeze tonight.
5. to lose warmth of feeling: My heart froze at the news.
6. to become speechless or immobilized.
7. to stop suddenly and remain motionless: I froze in my tracks.
8. to become obstructed by the formation of ice: The water pipes froze.
9. to die or be injured because of frost or cold.
10. to become fixed to something by or as if by the action of frost.
11. to become unfriendly, secretive, or aloof (often fol. by up).
12. to become temporarily inoperable; cease to function (often fol. by up): The new software makes my computer freeze.v.t.
13. to change from a fluid to a solid form by loss of heat; congeal.
14. to form ice on the surface of.
15. to harden or stiffen (an object containing moisture) by cold.
16. to quick-freeze.
17. to subject to freezing temperature.
18. to cause to suffer the effects of intense cold.
19. to chill with fear.
20. to immobilize with fright or alarm.
21. to kill by frost or cold: A late snow froze the buds.
22. to fix fast with ice: a sled frozen to a sidewalk.
23. to obstruct or close by the formation of ice: Cold had frozen the pipes.
24. to fix (rents, prices, etc.) at a specific amount, usu. by government order.
25. to stop or limit production, use, or development of: an agreement to freeze nuclear weapons.
26. to prevent (assets) from being liquidated or collected.
27. to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain or slower in its functioning by artificial means.
28. to discourage by unfriendly or aloof behavior.
29. to photograph (a moving subject) at a shutter speed fast enough to produce an unblurred, seemingly motionless image.
30. to stop by means of a freeze-frame mechanism.
31. to maintain possession of (a ball or puck) for as long as possible usu. without trying to score.
32. freeze out, to exclude or compel to withdraw from participation, esp. by cold treatment or severe competition.
33. freeze over, to become coated with ice.n.
34. an act or instance of freezing.
35. the state of being frozen.
36. a period of very cold weather.
37. a legislative action to control prices, rents, production, etc.
38. a decision by one or more nations to stop or limit production or development of weapons.
[before 1000; Middle English fresen, Old English frēosan]