\ 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

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 The last month has been a process of getting both up to game speed, and figuring out how to jell. Dom Amore,, 27 Mar. 2022 How’s the team going to jell together with some of the new pieces? Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Also, no major trades materialized for the Blazers, who signed Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore and Tony Snell to minimum contracts while hoping that the returning starting five would jell and improve under Billups. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 Ellis was a borderline all-star but didn't seem to jell on the court with Curry, a first-round pick in 2009. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 Things will get better for the offense as the players jell around Uiagalelei. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 This team will be scrappy but may take some time to jell into a cohesive unit. Rich Scherr,, 7 Dec. 2021 What is happening is a reflection of their limited opportunities to jell in the regular season and imprecise execution after being given precious time to prepare for Dallas. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 The question at the start of camp was how well the new players would jell in Donovan’s more up-tempo offense. Paul Sullivan,, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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4 May 2022

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“Jell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for jell


\ 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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Nglish: Translation of jell for Spanish Speakers


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