Definition of unfreeze in US English:

unfreeze

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to thaw.

    • ‘We already know how to unfreeze it, so let's work on that first before we figure out why.’
    • ‘He's there to unfreeze her basement pipes in winter, and to visit her when she's hospitalized, rubbing her feet to raise her spirits.’
    • ‘Joey shivered and blew into his fingers to unfreeze them.’
    • ‘I slowly unfroze my jaws and opened my mouth to speak.’
    • ‘Finally breathing and unfreezing her body, she squeezed through the partially open door.’
    • ‘Should any part of you or your kit freeze up, Thermos flasks of boiling water are always close to hand to warm your gloves or unfreeze your reg or camera.’
    • ‘The engines had to be heated by four large burners to unfreeze the oil before they could start.’
    • ‘In early experiments, it worked wonders in melting the permafrost just enough to allow it to be scraped away without unfreezing the flesh of the dead animal.’
    melt, soften, liquefy, dissolve
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    1. 1.1no object Become thawed.
      • ‘On the hibernation safety information I found if the booth is not completely pressurized at any point the inhabitant will be unfrozen.’
      • ‘On TV, which I turned on while I was waiting for my joints and muscles to unfreeze a bit, there was golf somewhere in Detroit, Michigan.’
      • ‘Well, seems like this might be the time to get a portion of it unfrozen and place it on the stove to thaw.’
    2. 1.2 Remove restrictions on the use or transfer of (an asset).
      • ‘She also ordered that their bank accounts be unfrozen and seized property returned.’
      • ‘Essentially, the attitude appears to be that the accounts have been unfrozen, so what is Milne complaining about?’
      • ‘It's been four hours since I spoke to somebody from Paypal, and there still has been no word about unfreezing the donation account.’
      • ‘The 15 council members voted unanimously to allow Ariana to resume international flights, which were halted in October 1999, and to unfreeze the airline's assets.’
      • ‘The government, however, believed that Wang used the documents to try to unfreeze money being held in Swiss banks.’
      • ‘If mortgage and other regular payments are made from that account they will not be paid, and it will need the agreement of both spouses to unfreeze an account.’
      • ‘She is calling on the State to unfreeze the assets of her family.’
      • ‘In addition to that, most bank deposits were unfrozen in the last quarter of 2002.’
      • ‘As a result of his investigations the US government was forced into a series of embarrassing retractions and had to unfreeze $24 million of assets.’
      • ‘He has unfrozen staff salaries, and senior managers are back driving new BMWs.’
      • ‘Luxembourg also went ahead and unfroze the assets of an organisation that the US government said was connected to them.’
      • ‘In yesterday's closed-door meeting of the defense committee, lawmakers with the committee reached agreement after several hours' discussion on unfreezing the two budgets.’
      • ‘It was also agreed at yesterday's sitting that the budget would be unfrozen.’
      • ‘The accounts were only unfrozen after Milne went to the Herald Sun in mid-February.’
      • ‘The offer entails paying off the tax debts in return for the unfreezing of Yukos assets and their subsequent purchase.’
      • ‘If he is acquitted, the accused person's assets are unfrozen.’

Pronunciation

unfreeze

/ˌənˈfriz//ˌənˈfrēz/