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.

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Other Words from congeal

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for congeal


concrete, firm (up), freeze, harden, indurate, set, solidify


liquefy (also liquify), soften

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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

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The next day, the kitchen sink was stopped up by eight cups of bacon grease that had congealed into a solid mass. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Everyone* Pours Bacon Fat Down the Drain, Everyone Lies About It," 8 Aug. 2018 Set in 1929 and ’30, the show captures the jittery throb of Germany’s fragile, fractious but richly creative Weimar era as its brief existence got crushed in the Great Depression and indignant nationalism congealed into Nazism. Daryl H. Miller,, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 Less visible in the bowels of the airport, Customs and Border Protection screening for incoming international passengers also has congealed regularly into long waits. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando airport's expanded facial screening touted by federal officials," 21 June 2018 In a few moments the crowd and death would congeal in a waxen, translucent unity. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Ismail Kadare: The Conscience of His People," 15 June 2018 Their cheese too often congeals rather than melts into an enchilada. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Internet advertising started simply, but over time organically evolved a mess of middle players and congealed into a surveillance economy. Brendan Eichand, WSJ, "The Internet’s ‘Original Sin’ Endangers More Than Privacy," 27 Apr. 2018 At stake in the rehearsals is nothing less than the future of the Democratic Party, which has yet to congeal around a positive vision. Michael Scherer,, "With an eye on 2020, Democrats jockey to define their party, and gain an advantage," 12 May 2018 This dust congealed into several moons, the study says. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Explains the Solar System Smash-Up That Created Mars' Two Moons," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of congeal was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of congeal

of a liquid : to become thick or solid


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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