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Definition of thaw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thaw
    he / she / it thaws
    past simple thawed
    -ing form thawing
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] when it thaws or is thawing, the weather becomes warm enough to melt snow and ice It's starting to thaw.
  3. 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. 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. 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.
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