\ 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.

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Advertising After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last year without both Irving and Hayward, Boston’s youthful core, led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, had trouble jelling with Irving and Hayward back in the mix. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Pacers, Celtics enter playoff matchup looking for redemption," 13 Apr. 2019 Dwight Howard, who was acquired in an offseason trade last summer, never fully jelled with his teammates. Josh Robbins,, "Magic will interview Steve Clifford for coaching job, report says," 24 May 2018 That team had a nucleus of superstars that would jell into Super Bowl champions the following year. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Loss to Broncos shows Seahawks fans should brace themselves for a rollercoaster season," 10 Sep. 2018 Chicago Bears Assets: RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen look to be jelling into a dynamic backfield combo. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL head coaching openings ranked: Which job is most appealing?," 1 Jan. 2018 But in the playoffs, their defense, led by assistant coach (and future Pistons head coach) Dwane Casey, jelled. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NBA superteams haven't won all the championships: 5 surprise winners," 9 July 2018 Such a force would never jell, couldn’t keep ISIS down, and would be rejected by Syria, Iran, the Kurds, and probably Turkey. Trudy Rubin,, "Report from Moscow: After missile strike, will Trump or Putin be seen as the winner? | Trudy Rubin," 18 Apr. 2018 Biyombo vastly underperformed his four-year, $68 million contract, and Ibaka was not happy in Orlando and never jelled with his new teammates. Josh Robbins,, "Orlando Magic fire Frank Vogel," 12 Apr. 2018 In like manner, Mr. Lee’s play descends into what feels like a clash of hastily assembled talking points that never jell into persuasive form. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Relevance,’ a Titan of Feminism Confronts a New Generation," 25 Feb. 2018

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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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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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