verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to change from a soft or fluid state to a rigid or solid state, as by cooling or freezing: The fat congealed on the top of the soup.
to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.
to make or become fixed, as ideas, sentiments, or principles: Some philosophic systems lost their vitality and congealed.

1350–1400; Middle English congelen (< Middle French congeler) < Latin congelāre, equivalent to con- con- + gelāre to freeze; see gelid

congealable, adjective
congealability, congealableness, noun
congealedness, noun
congealer, noun
congealment, noun
half-congealed, adjective
noncongealing, adjective, noun
uncongeal, verb (used without object)
uncongealable, adjective

1. harden, set, jell, solidify. Unabridged
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congeal (kənˈdʒiːl)
1.  to change or cause to change from a soft or fluid state to a firm or solid state
2.  to form or cause to form into a coagulated mass; curdle; jell
3.  (intr) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
[C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze]

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, from O.Fr. congeler "freeze, thicken," from L. congelare "to freeze together," from com- "together" + gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost, ice."
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Example sentences
Sometimes a collection of lesser actions congeal into larger consequences.
These metals help amyloid beta congeal into harmful clumps.
Used for millennia to congeal soy milk into tofu, this gunk has hundreds of applications.
Diners must politely watch their dinners congeal while the waiter returns to the kitchen for another load.
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