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What is the opposite of freeze?

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Opposite of to subject to cold temperatures
“The best way to thaw a frozen chicken is not in the microwave, but in the refrigerator or in cold water.”
Opposite of to become, or cause to become, covered, blocked or rigid with ice
“Higher temperatures may cause the polar ice caps to melt and flooding to occur.”
Opposite of to make or become hard, firm or solid, especially from cold
“I warm a fork under some hot tap water and use it to soften the butter.”
Opposite of to be physically affected by extreme cold
“You will overheat if you hike uphill in the direct sunshine.”
Opposite of to immobilize or stop (from) moving, especially suddenly
“He stood there momentarily transfixed, but a bright light caused him to move suddenly.”
Opposite of to hold (something) at a fixed level or in a fixed state for a period of time
“Open market operations were conducted in two directions but did not change interest rates.”
Opposite of to discontinue or bring a halt to something
“Yesterday, the legislature passed a resolution demanding that the Cabinet resume building the plant.”
Opposite of to make or become thick or thicker
Opposite of to make numb, as by cold or anesthetic
Opposite of to stop earlier than intended
Opposite of to save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, such as sugar or salt
“Place older food products in front or on top of new ones, and it will help you consume the food before it expires.”
Opposite of to stop or halt the movement or progress of
Opposite of to set, or to serve as, a limit to
“If you ignore the warnings and choose to exceed the speed limit, you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk.”
Opposite of to keep from exceeding an acceptable degree or level
“The gas would cause me to release a loud belch.”
Opposite of a period of frost or very cold weather
“With a heatwave currently straddling both sides of the Atlantic, isn't it about time we engaged in a little necessary clothes-culling?”
Opposite of an act of holding or being held at a fixed level or in a fixed state
“Amazingly, this minimally detected pressure variation corresponds to an amplitude of vibration of air molecules about ten times smaller than the radius of a single atom.”
Opposite of a temporary stop in action or speech
Opposite of a halt in movement or operation
“The IOC president would officially announce the commencement of the Olympic games.”
Opposite of a reduction in speed
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