congeal

[ kuhn-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.

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Origin of congeal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for congeal

congeal
/ (kənˈdʒiːl) /

verb

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
(intr) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form

Derived forms of congeal

congealable, adjectivecongealer, nouncongealment, noun

Word Origin for congeal

C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze
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