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Synonyms of 'freeze'

(verb) 
Definition
the act of freezing or state of being frozen
The ground froze solid.
Synonyms
ice over or up
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harden
Mould the mixture into shape before it hardens.
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stiffen
The fine-tuning lens in the eye stiffens with age.
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solidify
The thicker lava would have taken two weeks to solidify.
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congeal
The blood had started to congeal.
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become solid
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glaciate
(verb) 
Definition
to preserve (food) by subjection to extreme cold
You can freeze the soup at this point.
Synonyms
deep freeze
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cool
Huge fans are used to cool the factory.
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refrigerate
Refrigerate the dough overnight.
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put in the freezer
(verb) 
Definition
to feel or cause to feel the effects of extreme cold
The cold morning froze my fingers.
Synonyms
chill
Chill the fruit salad until serving time.
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(verb) 
Definition
to become motionless through fear, shock, etc.
She froze when the beam of the flashlight struck her.
Synonyms
,
stop dead
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stop suddenly
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stop in your tracks
(verb) 
Definition
to fix (prices, incomes, etc.) at a particular level
Wages have been frozen and workers laid off.
Synonyms
fix
He's fixed a time when I can see him.
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limit
He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
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hold up
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peg
The bank wants to peg interest rates at 9%.
(verb) 
Definition
to forbid by law the exchange or collection of (loans, assets, etc.)
They have already frozen their aid programme.
Synonyms
suspend
The union suspended strike action this week.
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stop
I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
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shelve
Sadly, the project has now been shelved.
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cut short
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discontinue
Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your doctor.
(noun) 
Definition
a spell of temperatures below freezing point
The trees were damaged by a freeze in December.
Synonyms
cold snap
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frost
There is a frost in the ground.
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freeze-up
(noun) 
Definition
the fixing of incomes, prices, etc. by legislation
A wage freeze was imposed on all staff.
Synonyms
, ,
halt
Air traffic has been brought to a halt.
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standstill
Production is more or less at a standstill.

phrasal verb

See freeze someone out

Additional synonyms

in the sense of benumb
Definition
to make numb or powerless
Synonyms
in the sense of congeal
Definition
to change from a liquid to a semisolid state
The blood had started to congeal.
in the sense of cool
Definition
to make or become cooler
Huge fans are used to cool the factory.
Synonyms
make cool,
cool off

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