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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.
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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Examples from the web for congealed
  • The planets, he proposed, had congealed from a swirling cloud of gas and dust surrounding the sun.
  • Where there had been open water a week earlier, now ice has congealed.
  • Remove congealed fat from the sauce and reheat the meat in the sauce.
  • Remove any congealed fat from the sauce and puree the sauce in a food processor.
  • We carved brown chunks off the congealed blood stuffing with a bone-handled knife and ate with our hands.
  • It was rubberized shrimp with this thick, thick, congealed cream sauce.
  • They were too oily and had congealed into gummy lumps.
  • And that's where it all kind of congealed into the impulse to start making the work.
  • Yet under the congealed surface of politics, real change may be brewing.
  • When the disk's material cooled and congealed, the resulting planets all marched in line with the star's equator.
British Dictionary definitions for congealed


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
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Word Origin and History for congealed



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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