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.

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

Synonyms for congeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for congealing

Historical Examples of congealing

  • There was a mess of thick, congealing blood splashed on the road and the kerb.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Congealing drops of spray came like bullets: I recall that they hurt me.

  • The great point is to keep the blood from congealing in the veins.

    Flaming June

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • It was simply the effect of the sunlight on the congealing mist.

    Flying for France

    James R. McConnell

  • It had ceased to rain, and a frost was congealing the moisture under foot.

    The Puppet Crown

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for congealing


  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
Derived Formscongealable, 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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Word Origin and History for congealing



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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