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congeal

[kuh n-jeel] /kənˈdʒil/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
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.
2.
to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.
3.
to make or become fixed, as ideas, sentiments, or principles:
Some philosophic systems lost their vitality and congealed.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. harden, set, jell, solidify.
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British Dictionary definitions for congealer

congeal

/kənˈdʒiːl/
verb
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.
(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 congealer

congeal

v.

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.

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