freeze noun

1 period of weather with a temperature below 0°

ADJ. big The weather report advised us to prepare for a big freeze.

2 putting a particular level on sth

ADJ. immediate | complete, total a total freeze on gas emissions | virtual | pay, price, wage

VERB + FREEZE bring in, impose The government has imposed a price freeze on petrol. | announce, declare | lift It's too expensive to lift the freeze on pay.

PREP. ~ on a freeze on bus fares