jelled; jelling; jells

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to jell

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 Despite losing several key players to graduation, the Gladiators jelled as a team, shaking off an early loss to eventual Class 3A state champion Severna Park to capture their final 15 games, including a 13-3 win over Queen Anne’s in the Class 2A state final for their first championship since 2018. Rich Scherr, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 This lineup of Wings didn’t last too much longer, since McCulloch and Britton never jelled, and the drummer quit almost as soon as Venus and Mars came out. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2024 Over time the two jelled, with Mr. Biden leveraging his relationships on Capitol Hill to help steer a massive stimulus package through Congress in the Great Recession and to push the Affordable Care Act over the finish line. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 The offensive line, which tried to add three transfers to the starting unit, never jelled. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for jell 

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Word History


back-formation from jelly

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jell was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Jell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to make or become jelly
: to take shape : form
an idea jelled

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