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 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 Presumably, the bearers—ignorant immigrants and cynical citizens—would congeal into a cohesive American identity. Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The wax will cling and congeal around the cardboard holder and come out in one wiggle. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2021 Portland’s defense clearly requires time to congeal. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2020 As the front approaches, waves of showers may congeal into a squall line with heavy rain and gusty winds. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020 Oil contains wax particles that can congeal and reduce flow, so these additives are used to keep it flowing in the cold. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2020 Blood clots Clots are congealed clumps of blood that can form inside a vein. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 2 June 2020 Puffers move across the Go board and leave behind chaos that congeals into static debris. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 Opposition to her nomination has congealed into two complaints. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Congeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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