Translation of freeze in Spanish:
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense of/pasado de froze past participle of/participio pasado de, frozen)
- 1 1.1 (turn to ice) helarse*, congelarse to freeze solid o hard congelarse or helarse* (por completo or completamente) 1.2 (ice up) [pipe/lock/ground] helarse*, congelarse the windshield had frozen el parabrisas estaba cubierto de hielo 1.3 [person] helarse*, congelarse to freeze to death morir* congelado I'm freezing! ¡estoy helado!, ¡me estoy muriendo de frío! my blood froze se me heló la sangre en las venasExample sentences
- It's minus 10 degrees outside, if he falls over he'll freeze to death!
- I take a cardigan and a pashmina, because on many planes you can freeze to death from the air conditioning.
- I shivered, ‘It's getting cold out here, we better head in before we freeze to death.’
- 2 2.1 (stand still) quedarse inmóvil, paralizarse* ¡freeze! ¡alto or quieto ahí! to freeze in one's tracks quedarse inmóvil or paralizado 2.2 [smile/grimace] the smile froze on her face se le heló la sonrisa en los labios the remark/words froze on his lips se quedó con el comentario/la palabra en la bocaExample sentences
- For a moment, there was silence in the centre of Potters Bar as everyone nearby froze at the shock of the noise and juddering force of the impact.
- A schoolgirl told how she froze with fear as she was allegedly molested by a drunken man in an early hours attack.
- While the two other women ran, Zhao testified that she froze, fearing she would be shot.
- 3 [Cookery/Cocina] some fruits don't freeze well algunas frutas no se prestan para ser congeladasExample sentences
- Cooked wild rice freezes well, so you can conveniently keep it on hand for gourmet dishes.
- All these fruits freeze well except strawberries, which should be saved for the summer months.
- It's easy to bake, being essentially a cake more than a steamed pudding, it comes with a spectacularly simple sauce, it freezes well and it reheats like a dream for seconds and thirds.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense of/pasado de froze past participle of/participio pasado de, frozen)
- 1 1.1 (turn to ice) [water/stream] helar*, congelar she froze him with an icy stare lo fulminó con una mirada glacial his story froze my blood su relato hizo que se me helara la sangre en las venas 1.2 (ice up) [pipe/mechanism] helar*Example sentences
- Since water expands as it freezes, ice forming inside pipes can break them.
- The water vapour would rise to the uppermost atmosphere where it freezes into tiny ice crystals.
- The water may even freeze, producing frost on the inside surface of the window.
- 2 2.1 (preserve) [food/organ/embryo] congelar 2.2 (anesthetize) anestesiarExample sentences
- The mouth and throat are numbed up or frozen with a local anesthetic until all cough and gag reflexes are gone.
- It's amazing how numb your mouth can be when they freeze it.
- His mouth was frozen numb from eating so much ice cream.
- Most food is frozen or pre-cooked to preserve it - a great shame.
- The cells were frozen and stored for weeks to months.
- Either cook or freeze raw meat, fish and poultry within two days of purchasing it.
- 3 3.1 (block) [assets/account] congelar 3.2 (fix) [prices/incomes] congelarExample sentences3.3 (stop) [production/development] suspender
- The cost of new cars is currently frozen at the same level as June 2003, making the New Year the perfect time to bag a good deal.
- The employer contribution is frozen at the level of 6.5 percent.
- So long as the prices of consumer goods were frozen below free-market levels, producers had little incentive to bring their goods to market.
- If you freeze the image near the start of Shadows, you'll see that it's really an abstract film.
- The perceptual realm that we sense beyond the sphere of focused vision is as important as the focused image that can be frozen by the camera.
- The last image, a frozen frame, is of his sad, sweet face alongside the flowers.
- You have to put cardboard up in the grates of your car to keep the engine block from freezing.
- Trees can be planted any time before the ground freezes.
- Planting can take place anytime the soil can be worked, as long as the plants' root structures have time to develop before the ground freezes.
- Company bank accounts and assets have been frozen by Russian courts to prevent Yukos from selling businesses to fund the bill.
- Government instructions, bankers say, were to freeze assets now and ask questions later.
- The firm will likely be placed under court receivership, which would install trustees and freeze all company assets.
- 4 [Cinema/Cine] [Television/Televisión] [frame/shot] congelar
impersonal verb/verbo impersonal
- helar*, haber* helada
- 1 (limitation, stoppage) congelación (feminine) a wage/price freeze una congelación salarial/de precios they proposed a total freeze on nuclear research propusieron una suspensión total de las investigaciones nucleares
- 2 (cold spell) helada (feminine)
freeze outverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [colloquial/familiar] excluir*, dejar fuera
freeze oververb + adverb/verbo + adverbio helarse*, congelarse
freeze upverb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (get blocked) [river/pipes/lock] helarse*, congelarse 1.2 (by fright, anxiety) quedarse paralizado ( or sin habla etc) 1.3 (become secretive) cerrarse*
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