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verb (used with or 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.
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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
Related formscon·geal·a·ble, adjectivecon·geal·a·bil·i·ty, con·geal·a·ble·ness, nouncon·geal·ed·ness, nouncon·geal·er, nouncon·geal·ment, nounhalf-con·gealed, adjectivenon·con·geal·ing, adjective, nounun·con·geal, verb (used without object)un·con·geal·a·ble, adjective


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British Dictionary definitions for congeal


  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. (intr) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
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Derived Formscongealable, adjectivecongealer, nouncongealment, 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 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.

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