- 1[intransitive] thaw (out) (of ice and snow) to turn back into water after being frozen synonym melt The country was slowly thawing out after the long cold winter. opposite freeze
- 2[intransitive] when it thaws or is thawing, the weather becomes warm enough to melt snow and ice It's starting to thaw.
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] thaw (something) (out) to become, or to let frozen food become, soft or liquid ready for cooking compare defrost, de-ice, unfreeze Leave the meat to thaw completely before cooking.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] thaw (something) (out) to become, or make something become, a normal temperature after being very cold I could feel my ears and toes start to thaw out.
- 5[intransitive] thaw (out) to become more friendly and less formal Relations between the two countries thawed a little after the talks. The atmosphere slowly began to thaw.
NAmE//θɔ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thaw
he / she / it thaws
past simple thawed
-ing form thawing