con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjēl How to pronounce congeal (audio) \
congealed; congealing; congeals

Definition of congeal

transitive verb

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold The cold congealed the water into ice.
2 : to make viscid or curdled : coagulate
3 : to make rigid, fixed, or immobile

intransitive verb

: to become congealed : solidify Oil congeals at cold temperatures.

Other Words from congeal

congealment \ kən-​ˈjēl-​mənt How to pronounce congeal (audio) \ noun

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Examples of congeal in a Sentence

The gravy began to congeal in the pan. the surface of the pond congealed after several days of frigid temperatures
Recent Examples on the Web As the deals congeal, there are also loose impersonations of the on-screen talent, including principals Shaw (Hans Altwies), Richard Dreyfuss (Ramzi Khalaf) and Roy Scheider (Geoff Packard). Misha Berson, Variety, 14 June 2022 What is striking now, long after the parody seemed to congeal, is that the wider food community stands ready to believe him. New York Times, 23 May 2022 The cheese of the triple-protein stack was beginning to congeal into a raft of safety-orange wax. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 Just as oil droplets can form in even a well-mixed vinaigrette, droplets of protein, DNA and polyphosphate can congeal in bacterial cells—and this blocks parts of the genome from transcription. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 Group biographies sometimes fail to congeal, but the members of this cohort did in fact have deeply enmeshed lives. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 But what sounds good on paper doesn’t always congeal in real life. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 And aggregated lies can congeal into a counterfeit history of their own—the old Southern myths of the Lost Cause flutter the Confederate flags of today. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2022 Talking points began to congeal: The Fox News website led with Vice President Kamala Harris' comparison of Jan. 6 to the attacks on Pearl Harbor and on Sept. 11, 2001, a hint that she'd soon be criticized for it. David Bauder, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of congeal

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for congeal

Middle English congelen, from Middle French congeler, from Latin congelare, from com- + gelare to freeze — more at cold

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28 Jun 2022

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“Congeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjēl How to pronounce congeal (audio) \
congealed; congealing

Kids Definition of congeal

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold : freeze
2 : to make or become hard, stiff, or thick


transitive verb
con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjē(ə)l How to pronounce congeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of congeal

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold
2 : to make viscid or curdled : coagulate

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