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 The team that revolves around him has jelled, especially guard Jamal Murray and forwards Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon, all in their mid-20s. John Branch, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2023 The pairing could also pay off nicely for Young, whose skill set would jell nicely with offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik and a scheme no doubt shaped by mentor Kyle Shanahan's influence. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2023 The trio, now a duo consisting of Phonte and Pooh, met on the campus of North Carolina Central University and quickly jelled to create a canonical work that’s been lauded by artists including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and most colorfully, Doja Cat. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 24 Feb. 2023 Maybe the team will jell. Ken Budd, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2022 All-American will jell with this team of veterans. Nick Moyle,, 24 Nov. 2020 The biggest question surrounding Auburn on the offensive side of the ball this offseason was how the Tigers would handle replacing four senior starters up front — returning only redshirt junior Nick Brahms — and how well that unit would jell early on in 2020. Tom Green |, al, 5 Oct. 2020 Kilmer isn’t sure how quickly his team will jell. Mike Hutton,, 14 Aug. 2020 Its disparate parts don’t quite jell, and the ending feels rushed. Don Aucoin,, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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