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[kuh n-jeel] /kənˈdʒil/
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.
Origin of congeal
1350-1400; Middle English congelen (< Middle French congeler) < Latin congelāre, equivalent to con- con- + gelāre to freeze; see gelid
Related forms
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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  • Diners must politely watch their dinners congeal while the waiter returns to the kitchen for another load.
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  • In theory of course drift could do this, but in theory the molecules of gas in a room could all congeal to one corner.
  • Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Do not allow excess amounts of fat and grease to enter the system, they can congeal and cause obstructions.
  • The fats and oils congeal into little globules and stick.
  • Gasoline begins to congeal at these temperatures and reciprocating engines become almost useless.
British Dictionary definitions for congeal


to change or cause to change from a soft or fluid state to a firm or solid state
to form or cause to form into a coagulated mass; curdle; jell
(intransitive) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
Derived Forms
congealable, adjective
congealer, noun
congealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for congeal

late 14c., from Old French congeler (14c.) "to freeze, thicken," from Latin congelare "to cause to freeze, to freeze together," from com- "together" (see com-) + gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost, ice" (see cold (adj.)). Related: Congealed; congealing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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