\ ˈjel How to pronounce jell (audio) \
jelled; jelling; jells

Definition of jell

intransitive verb

1 : to take shape and achieve distinctness : become cohesive
2 : to come to the consistency of jelly : congeal, set

transitive verb

: to cause to jell

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Examples of jell in a Sentence

Our plans are finally starting to jell. Boil the jam until it begins to jell.
Recent Examples on the Web That coach will need to instill a belief that all those castoffs can jell with a once-in-a-hockey lifetime opportunity. Ross Mckeon,, "Why Seattle should name Mike Babcock its head coach sooner than later," 22 Nov. 2019 Atkins thought the team continued to improve and jell. Kyle J. Andrews,, "Mount Saint Joseph looks to build off historic victory in MIAA Championship game," 22 Nov. 2019 Making a difference: Rochelle Zell jells on the court by helping others off the court. Steve Sadin,, "Pioneer Press 2019-20 girls basketball preview: North Shore small schools," 15 Nov. 2019 But while there are many hilarious moments along the way, nothing quite jells, resulting in an evening that is less than the sum of its admittedly very entertaining parts. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Soft Power': Theater Review," 16 Oct. 2019 The Lakers are hoping their team jells quickly enough to win a championship this year. Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, "Anthony Davis and LeBron James form a mutual admiration team," 27 Sep. 2019 Will the offensive line continue to jell in Year 2? Creg Stephenson |, al, "5 questions for South Alabama football heading into 2019 fall camp," 1 Aug. 2019 On top of that, the Colts defense allowed the second fewest points per game in football the second half of last year, when Matt Eberflus’s young, fast unit started to jell. Gary Gramling,, "Do Not Embrace the Tank, the Patriots Are Not Magical, Who’s Playing in Super Bowl 54," 8 Sep. 2019 Creating depth at the position is vital, the new coach said, for an offense to jell. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Football: McDaniel quarterback position battle heating up," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jell

1869, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for jell

back-formation from jelly

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Last Updated

16 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Jell.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce jell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jell

: to become clear and definite
: to change into a thick substance that is like jelly


\ ˈjel How to pronounce jell (audio) \
jelled; jelling

Kids Definition of jell

1 : to become as firm as jelly : set
2 : to take shape After much thought an idea jelled.

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