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[kuh n-jeel] /kənˈdʒil/
verb (used with or 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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  • In the same way he detached a morsel of congealed butter that clung pertinaciously to the end of his bashfully retreating nose.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • The spices had congealed and glued it to the sack-like shroud.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • When it has congealed and is firm, lay your chickens on it with the breasts downwards.

  • There was a congealed mass of blood on one leg just above the boot top.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Form is then not something fixed and congealed—it is the ever-changing manifestation of functional activity.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • It was only when he got it down on paper that it cooled and congealed.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • (As the fluid water is congealed in the forms of snow and ice).

  • The blood had congealed in my hands until they were so stiff as to be almost useless.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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