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unfreeze

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfriːz
 
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Definition of unfreeze in English:

verb (past unfroze; past participle unfrozen)

1Thaw or cause to thaw: [no object]: a chop was unfreezing in the kitchen [with object]: he borrowed a candle to unfreeze the lock
More example sentences
  • And, sure enough, during the course of the morning, the snow disappeared from the drive, the pond unfroze, and the birds came out to see what might be available in the way of winter snacks.
  • Try not to walk on frosty lawns or you will leave a trail of black footprints when the grass unfreezes.
  • It can be useful for unfreezing locks, or clearing iced-up windscreens.
2 [with object] Remove restrictions on the use or transfer of (an asset): the 15 council members voted unanimously to unfreeze the airline’s assets
More example sentences
  • If he is acquitted, the accused person's assets are unfrozen.
  • Luxembourg also went ahead and unfroze the assets of an organisation that the US government said was connected to them.
  • 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.

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